Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Performer finds hope in new medication after MS diagnosis

PITTSBURGH — Cory Sigler of Donor spent December dancing his heart out at the first ever Elfsburg at Hundred Acres Manor.

“It’s really about the kids coming through here,” Sigler said.

Getting back to his passion for performing hasn’t been easy. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.

“He said, ‘You know it’s only going to get worse from here,’ and he turned around and walked out of the room. I felt like I was hit with a brick in the face,” Sigler said.

He spent nine years using a wheelchair to get around, but he didn’t want to give up his dreams of acting. He said he’s found hope with a new medication.

“It took some time, but I slowly started to walk again. I went from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane, back to walking,” Sigler said. “Now, I’m dancing in a Christmas show.”

Sigler’s positivity and determination made him the first Proud to be From Pittsburgh recipient for 2021.

“Don’t give up. That’s the biggest thing I can say is don’t give up. Never give up,” he said.