2. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991 and went public with it in 1998 when he semi-retired to focus on Parkinson's research
But he did not completely retire. He is still at it! Which is even more impressive considering Hollywood's dismal track record for diversity and representing people living with any sort of disadvantages. Even when a character does have a disability, an able-bodied actor is often chosen to play the role. There is a chance that if he had had PD before he became a known actor, he might have been neglected in favor of another actor who did not have Parkinson's.
3. His charity The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has raised more than $450 million
The chart above gives more information on how the funds they've raised is being used. Some of their more controversial work which has invoked opposition from different politicians includes using embryonic stem cells as they are trying to see if there may be a genetic marker for Parkinson's. As more than a million people in the US have PD, Michael J. Fox is really making an impact on the world by backing research to help others like himself find the cure they need and research new forms of treatment.
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