Thursday, June 24, 2010

Michael J. Fox Donates $4.6 Millions to Parkinson's Research

Photo by Electro07

Michael J. Fox, star of Family Ties and the Back to the Future franchise, was all over the news this week. It wasn't for being a Hollywood celebrity, not for a film or TV show, not even for something to do with his famous wife, Tracy Pollan. He made headlines for his generous humanitarian gift. The Michael J. Fox Foundation donated $4.6 million to two Parkinson's research projects.

The first awardee was a biopharmaceutical company in San Diego, Ceregene, Inc., who received $2.5 million for a clinical study in gene therapy. The other $2.1 million went to a collaborative project between Biovail Laboratories International SRL and MedGenesis Therapeutix, Inc. in Victoria, British Columbia.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and has been a champion for a cure ever since.

It's hard to believe there was a time when Michael J. Fox not only couldn't donate $4.6 million, but when he ate generic boxed food to save money. Here's a video of Michael talking about his lean years on his way to becoming a TV star.

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