The Michael J. Fox Foundation is a leader in funding Parkinson’s Disease research. Founded in 2000, the organization raises money and distributes it to various research institutions. Since its founding, the foundation has raised over $200 million since its founding. Founder, actor Michael J. Fox, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1990. The effects of the disease forced him to retire from acting in 2000, and he used the opportunity to help others with the disease. Fox described his diagnoses and struggles with Parkinson’s Disease in his two books: Lucky Man: A Memoir and Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. Through it all, however, he started the foundation to help others and search for the cure. With the help of the foundation, the scientific and medical communities now know more about the disease than ever before. Today, Fox has returned to acting having appeared in a number of TV series, including a reoccurring role on CBS’s The Good Wife.
The foundations website is an excellent introduction to the disease for those just diagnosed or those interested in learning about the disease. Included on the website is a Trial Finder which allows Parkinson’s patients to located clinical trials near them. The foundation realized that an issue with raising millions of dollars was that there were not enough participants in a number of the trials it funded. The Trial Finder has given all the donations more meaning by ensuring they are put to the best use.
I have been a fan of Michael J. Fox since I was a kid. Back to the Future is still one of my favorite movies, and I support his foundation and encourage others to do so as well. There are a number of ways to help. You can give a donation directly to the foundation, join Team Fox, or shop in the foundation’s store. Either way, you are helping a great cause.