It looks like Shemar Moore is a hero on and off-camera. The beloved actor, who stars as SSA Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds, will be honored alongside his mother Marilyn by both the Southern California and Nevada Chapters of the National MS Society on Sept. 3.
Since the Criminal Minds star’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999, the star has dedicated himself to learning as much as he can, as well as educating others, about the debilitating disease.
Moore regularly attends the Annual MS Dinner of Champions Gala and encourages fans to participate in other MS related-events and causes. This year, he held a competition—with a prize for two winners to fly to Los Angeles to attend the 2015 MS Dinner of Champions as his special guests—to both spread awareness about the disease and to thank his fans for their continuous outpouring of support.
Along with proceeds from his Baby Girl clothing line, participation in the Bike MS: Coastal Challenge, and various fan-outreach funding opportunities, Moore has raised a significant amount of money towards the study of Multiple Sclerosis. In 2006, Moore—along with co-star Thomas Gibson—formed a 15 member Criminal Minds crew to bike 100 miles, raising more than $20,000 for MS research and programs. He has continued the Bike MS challenge every year since.
Marilyn, whom Moore describes as his “Super Woman,” is the driving force behind his mission to raise awareness about the disease and fundraising efforts to finding a cure. The Moores’ support has made a huge impact on the mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: to fight for the cure.