Michael J Fox learned that he had Parkinson’s disease in 1991. The incredibly successful film and television actor became the face of the disease, in a way. After having massive success with shows like Spin City and films like Back to the Future, Fox was a household name. As a result, he had a platform that allowed him to reach countless people. About nine years after his diagnosis, Fox launched a foundation to research the disease.
In the past three decades, the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research has more than $1 billion in global Parkinson’s research. Earlier today, AARP announced that they would celebrate Fox for all that he has done. They plan to give him the AARP Purpose Prize, an honorary award, according to the Associated Press.
The award, which Michael J Fox and five others will receive, honors individuals over 50 who “give back, tackle societal issues.” Fox’s research foundation is the very definition of giving back. Fox won’t just be getting something to adorn his trophy case, though. The Purpose Prize award comes with a $50,000 donation to his organization.
AARP’s CEO Jo Ann Jenkins talked about the Purpose Prize award in a statement. “AARP is honored to celebrate these extraordinary older adults, who have dedicated their lives to serving others in creative and innovative ways. During these trying times in our country and globally, we are inspired to see people use their life experiences to build a better future for us all.”
Michael J Fox and the other recipients will receive the award on December 15 at a virtual ceremony.
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The Purpose Prize doesn’t stop at the award and a $50,000 donation. The AARP continues to invest in winners of the award. For instance, they will honor ten people who have won the award in the past on December 15. AARP said they will give each of those honorees an additional $10,000 to continue their work with their charitable organizations. Furthermore, winners of the Purpose Prize are eligible to win AARP’s newest honor, the AARP Inspire Award.
Michael J Fox and other Purpose Prize winners are all in the running for the new award. The public will vote on who should receive the Inspire Award. AARP will give the winner an additional $10,000 to fund their program.
Michal J Fox will take home the award alongside five other individuals who have worked hard to make the world a better place.
William Bracken, a Fountain Valley, California resident whose Bracken’s Kitchen helps to feed the hungry.
Ify Nwabukwu from Lanham, Maryland whose African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association works to provide access to cancer screening and treatment.
Rita Zimmer, a NY resident who runs HousingPlus which helps women and children fight poverty.
Alan Miller lives in Bethesda, Maryland and runs News Literacy Project which helps people identify credible news sources.
Raymond Jetson lives in Baton Rouge, Lousiana, and runs MetroMorphosis which works to engage volunteers to improve urban communities.
In short, Michael J Fox is in good company.