Michael J. Fox is “thankful” for his life.
The 61-year-old actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, but Michael is determined to maintain a positive outlook on life.
He explained: “The alternative is not good, so no, I just love life, it’s a matter of acceptance.
“The more I accept, the more grateful I am, because I can see the good versus the bad, and what I have in my life: my family, my career, my life. And the people I meet every day
The actor founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000 to fund research into Parkinson’s disease.
And Michael is proud of what they’ve accomplished.
“It is very humbling to start this more than 20 years ago, in 2000, with the idea of advancing the research of Parkinson’s disease and hopefully finding a cure. Do anything without patients.
“For too long, patients have been neglected as part of the process, and in all kinds of disease research and disease research, there is a tendency for patients to rush past them in their quest to find answers.”
The ‘Back to the Future’ star also revealed that he quickly seized the ‘opportunity’ to create a foundation.
He explained: “I’m an actor and I’m an idiot and I’ve run into this situation. Not everyone wanted to design for themselves.
“All these people come to me, tell their stories, identify with mine – and empathy and empathy all combine…we rarely get this opportunity. No, and we embarked on it.”