REAL LIFE

How A Lifetime Dealing With Parkinson's Helped Michael J. Fox Find His Life's Greatest Purpose

Date July 17, 2018 13:25

Actor Michael J. Fox has had a phenomenal life since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, at a young age of 29.

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Advocacy and acting

His list of achievements while living with the degenerative disease include Hollywood hits like Stuart Little and Emmy Award-winning series The Good Wife.

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That said, his most impressive work is his tireless advocacy for people living with the Parkinson's disease. For years, he believed that it's possible to find a cure, and has invested about $7.7 million in the research.

Coming out of the closet

It wasn’t always this easy for him, though. For a man who considers his effort in search of a cure for Parkinson’s one of the greatest gifts of his life, it took him 7 years to share about his condition with fans.

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After testifying in front of the Senate in 1998, he hit the ground running, drawing attention to the disease, putting together a foundation, and dedicating his life to search of a cure, along with acting.

Making a difference

These days, the dad of three doesn't believe that a cure will be found during his lifetime, but he is 100 percent positive that a therapy, which could improve the lives of people with the disease, is in sight.

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For the estimated 7-10 million people living with Parkinson’s disease, this could be game-changing.

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