Parkinson’s, for anyone unaware, “… is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement,” says a web page from mayoclinic.org.
Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s. However, thanks to some serious dedication and support from Michael J. Fox, who has Parkinson’s, $1.5 billion has been raised to help with finding a cure for it, explains an article by Good News Network.
“Michael J. Fox became globally famous after starring as Marty McFly in Back to the Future in 1985. Six years later, aged 29, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
“Since then, Fox—who is now 60 years old—has helped raise over $1.5 billion to help find a cure for the progressive nervous system disorder.
“As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition—which affects an estimated seven to ten million people worldwide.
“The Michael J. Fox Foundation pursues its goals through a highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors, and volunteers.
“Funding over $1.5 billion in research so far, the non-profit has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure,” the article explains.
I find the efforts and fundraising orchestrated by Mr. Fox to be truly astounding. His cause is individualistic and personal, yet appeals to so many people who are affected by this disorder. I think it is safe to say Michael J. Fox has dedicated a component of his life to assisting researchers and medical professionals in designating a cure for Parkinson’s, and his efforts should not be overlooked.
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