After more than three decades of living with Parkinson’s disease, actor Michael J. Fox has raised awareness and over $2 billion worth of research.
Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, when he was just 29 years old. In 2000, he established the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Now 62, Fox has lived with Parkinson’s for more than half his life. The progressive brain disorder can strip away a person’s movement and speech. It has no known cure.
“We didn’t have money. We didn’t have a voice,” Fox said. “And I thought, well, I could step in for these people and raise some hell.”