GOOD NEWS: Actor Michael J. Fox has raised more than $1B for Parkinson's research through his foundation over the last two decades. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month with its annual event, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s. Such a cure is not yet on the horizon, but Fox says a number of medications and therapies developed over the past 20 years have helped improve the quality of life for those with Parkinson's.
- Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 at the age of 29.
- He says the next step in his organization's research is to identify Parkinson's before people show symptoms, and potentially treat it so that the illness never develops.
- On finding a cure, he told Variety: "I just want to get this done. I’m committed to this. I won’t stop until it happens."