Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Charity Raised Over $ 1 Billion
Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Disease Research and Patient Advocacy Fund has raised more than US $ 1 billion over the past two decades, according to a report by Variety Journal of Hollywood.
Two years after going public with his diagnosis in 1998, the actor launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to help fund research into therapies and cures – and he will belatedly mark the twenty years with the 2020 installment of his fundraising gala, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s, which takes place this week after being delayed by the Covid crisis.
“All I wanted to do was book that McDonalds commercial,” the actor told The Roadmap as he reflected on the early days of his career and about the milestones. “I had no idea I would try to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.”
A cure for Parkinson’s disease is a great ambition for the actor and his team, but the foundation claims to have participated directly in the development of several therapies. “These are therapies that have made a lot of life better for a lot of people.
“I enjoy life more. I’m more comfortable in my skin than 20 years ago. I can sit back and be calm. I couldn’t do that 25 years ago. These are the drugs, drug cocktails and therapies that we’ve been a part of. “
He also spoke about patient advocacy, particularly in terms of communication between patients and the medical and academic communities – thanking CEO and co-founder Deborah W. Brooks. “She’s just magic.”
The next step in identifying the risk and treating the disease lies in the biomarkers, the actor explains. “If we can find ways to identify the disease before it’s obvious, if we could take a piece of hair and find it, then we could treat it prophylactically and then maybe you don’t. not get. “
“What I’m most proud of is how we’ve galvanized this community. We can get things done,” he concluded, looking for a cure.
“I am committed to it. I will not stop until this happens.”