Applaud Actor for Conquering Disease in the Public Eye

Michael J. Fox

Target: Michael J. Fox

Goal: Thank Michael J. Fox for setting an example and returning to acting despite his debilitating challenge with Parkinson’s Disease.

In 1999, Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a hindrance which kept him from acting for the last several years.  After being diagnosed, he left his starring role in the sitcom “Spin City”, but he has recently decided to resume acting and will be starring in the new sitcom “The Michael J. Fox Show”, in which Michael J. Fox plays a character who parallels himself in real life. He plays a character named “Mike Henry”, a news reporter who returns to work after leaving because of his struggles with Parkinson’s.

This is a progressive move for Michael J. Fox and the creators of the show, as Parkinson’s has never been exposed in television to the common person. Parkinson’s is a very prevalent disease, and the fact that there is a show that tackles it in a very optimistic way provides hope for those with the disease who feel like they are alone.

An even more positive example is being set by Michael J. Fox himself, who is doing what the main character in the show is doing in real life. He is tackling his disease, and showing the people who struggle with Parkinson’s and similar diseases that it does not need to hold them back or prevent them from participating in normal life.

Michael J. Fox deserves to be thanked for tacking his disease in front of a television audience and providing hope to those with Parkinson’s who feel hopeless.

Please sign the petition below to thank him.


Dear Michael J. Fox,

Thank you for your recent decision to return to your acting career after taking a hiatus because of your Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis. In your situation, it would have been easy to give up and assume you would never act again, but your ability to face the disease and not let it be a hindrance to you is an inspiration to people with Parkinson’s and similar diseases.

The content of your new show is also appreciated, as it attempts to portray the main character with Parkinson’s as a normal person who is not overly impacted by his disease. It is truly an inspiration.

Again, thank you for being a spokesperson for a disease that up until this point was improperly portrayed in society, and for providing hope and motivation for people with Parkinson’s Disease  who have not yet figured out how to overcome their struggles.


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