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Famous Comedian's Father Stands Up For The First Time In Years

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With the help of modern technology, Amy Schumer's father has been able to stand up for the first time in years.

Gordon Schumer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when Amy was only 12-years-old, and has had to rely on a wheelchair for mobility ever since.

MS is an incurable disease, which affects a person's brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in the eyes, resulting in deteriorating vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.

In 2015, Amy, 38, opened up about her father's illness during an interview with Barbara Walters, where she said her family has been able to cope through humor.

"In terms of my dad being sick, it was just confusing to me, especially the way MS works," she said. "He was in physical pain. That's when I kind of took the lead and took care of everybody in my family. I would keep them - I would keep everybody laughing."

This wouldn't be the first time Amy has been the rock of the family.

In 2016, the comedian bought back the family farm she grew up in. She surprised her father with the generous gift as an early Christmas present.

Today I bought my father's farm back.

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Fast forward nearly a year later, and Gordon would receive another surprise that would change his life.

On Nov. 16, Gordon would stand up with the help of a team of doctors, something he thought he would never be capable of doing again.

Amy posted an emotional video to Instagram showcasing her father standing up with the help of a medical device.

"My dad stood today with the help of a device. But he stood," Amy wrote in the caption. "Thank you to his nurse Sam. Dr Kanter and Dr Sadiq everyone at Tish for their MS stem cell work. Also Pure Prairie League for their song "Aime" his favorite song. We had a good day."

Along with her Interview with Walters, Amy has spoken about her father's battle against MS on numerous occasions, including in her 2016 book, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo.

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Maya has been working at Shared for a year. She just begrudgingly spent $200 on a gym membership. Contact her at maya@shared.com