Michael J Fox
Though he would not share the news with the public for nearly seven years, actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s research. While he remains committed to his acting and writing careers, Fox has now shifted his primary focus and energies toward The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which he launched in 2000, and its efforts to raise much-needed research funding and awareness for the disease. He has received numerous honorary degrees and humanitarian awards over the years. In 2010, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Fox believes that if there is a concentrated effort from the Parkinson’s community, elected representatives in Washington, DC, and the general public, researchers will be able to pinpoint the cause of Parkinson’s and uncover a cure within our lifetime.