April 17, 2015

Michael J. Fox Discusses Accepting Parkinson's Disease with David Letterman

Michael J Fox appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman last night to discuss Parkinson's Awareness Month (April), his own diagnosis, and steps his foundation is taking to find a cure. It's been 22 years since his diagnosis, and Michael looks and sounds great.

Here's the remark I liked best:
To be kind of corny about it, once you accept it, and you learn about it... and realize you're in a position to do something about it, and to make a difference, and to help, well then just, like, quit your bitching and get on with it.
Since 2000, the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has funded more than $450 million to speed a cure. About 52% of that total has gone toward altering the disease (developing a treatment that could restore function to damaged dopamine neurons in the brains of people with PD), and 22% toward defining the disease (indentifying biomarkers). Fox explained to Letterman that identifying those biomarkers is a promising way to spot the disease before it develops.

Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation included a "Raise Awareness" page on its site. Among other resources, it provides an online toolkit to help people learn about PD, share information with others, and support the efforts to treat, cure, and prevent Parkinson’s.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation posted an eight-question quiz about the disease.

How many questions can you answer correctly?

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