Back to the Future star Michael J Fox has reportedly raised more than $1 billion in hopes of helping to fund the cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
According to Variety, Michael J Fox announced his Parkison’s diagnosis in 1991, at the age of 29. After his diagnosis was revealed publicly, the actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to help fund the research for therapies, as well as cures.
While speaking to the media outlet about his dedication to the cause and finding a cure, Michael J. Fox stated, “I just want to get this done. I’m committed to this. I won’t stop until it happens.”
Michael J. Fox also shared that he remains hopeful in the current therapies. “If we can find a way to identify the condition before it’s evident. If we could take a piece of hair and find it. Then we could treat it prophylactically. Then maybe you don’t get it,” the actor explains. He then noted he is most proud of the way the Foundation has galvanized the Parkinson’s community. We can get stuff done.”
When asked how he’s feeling while fighting Parkinson’s himself, Michael J. Fox added, “I feel great. I love life. It’s great to be a part of something so important, substantial.”
Michael J. Fox will celebrate the 20-anniversary of the foundation by hosting the annual fundraising gala, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s.” Originally slated for last year, the event was notably postponed due to the global health crisis.
Michael J. Fox Opens Up About His Battle With Parkinson’s Diseases
During a November 2020 interview with Good Morning America, Michael J. Fox revealed more details about his fight against Parkinson’s and what the disease has done to his body. “My short-term memory is shot,” the actor admitted. “I always had a real proficiency for lines and memorization. And I had some extreme situations where the last couple of jobs I did were actually really word-heavy parts. I struggled during both of them.”
Michael J. Fox also noted his guitar playing and sketching is no good anymore. “My dancing never was good, and acting is getting tough to do. So it’s down to writing.”
Despite the circumstances, Michael J. Fox said he is remaining optimistic when it comes to his future. “Optimism is sustainable when you keep coming back to gratitude. And what follows from that is acceptance.”
Michael J. Fox goes on to add, “Accepting that this thing has happened, and you accept it for what it is. It doesn’t mean you can’t endeavor to change. It doesn’t mean you have to accept it as a punishment or a penance. But just put it in its proper place.”