"What I had in mind was an organization built for speed, eschewing bureaucracy and taking an entrepreneurial approach toward helping researchers find a cure for Parkinson's," says Michael J. Fox about the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which he founded in 2000. That was just two years after he went public with his news about having Parkinson's.
Almost 14 years later, Fox has become the most famous face of Parkinson's disease, and his foundation has raised millions for research into a cure. In 2013, he returned to television full time, with a situation comedy on which he plays a man living successfully with Parkinson's.
"I can play anybody," Fox has said several times. "As long as the character has Parkinson's disease."
Part of the reason he has been able to return to full-time acting is because he and his doctors have found a drug cocktail that helps him control his symptoms to a large degree.
"I turned myself around," Fox has written. "In fact, Parkinson's has made me a better person. A better husband, father, and overall human being. Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul."