August Feature

Team Fox

 

Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program at The  Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each year, thousands of Team Fox members  worldwide turn their passions and interests into unique fundraising  events and athletic feats.

To date, our members have raised over $70 million for Parkinson's research. You too can make a difference.


Click on the link below to find out more about why you should join Team Fox


https://youtu.be/zBdxiwnI8uU

100% Patient Focused


Our team works tirelessly every day with one urgent goal in mind:  Accelerating breakthroughs patients can feel in their everyday lives. We  strive to make progress in the following key areas by evaluating risk,  opportunities, and challenges through a patient-focused lens:

  • Speed treatments that can slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson's disease
  • Speed better treatments for the currently unaddressed or under-addressed symptoms of Parkinson's disease
  • Speed treatments to address or avoid the debilitating side effects of current Parkinson's disease drugs

We are obsessed with efficiency.

We operate with a focused sense of optimistic urgency to find a cure  for Parkinson's and to ensure the development of improved therapies for  people living with Parkinson's today. We won't stop until a cure is  found. We're on it.

We won't stop until a cure is found.

We take pride in all our accomplishments so far. But ultimately we  have only one definition of success: Scientific solutions that produce  tangible improvements in patients' lives.

We are risk-takers and problem-solvers.

From inception, MJFF has invested in high-risk, high-reward research  targets; an approach that in 10 short years has transformed the broader  approach in the PD research field.


Michael’s Story

 

Though he would not share the news with the public for another seven  years, Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991.  Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the  campaign for increased Parkinson's research. Fox announced his  retirement from "Spin City" in January 2000, effective upon the  completion of his fourth season and 100th episode. Expressing pride in  the show, its talented cast, writers, and creative team, he explained  that new priorities made this the right time to step away from the  demands of a weekly series. Later that year he launched The Michael J.  Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which the New York Times  has called "the most credible voice on Parkinson's research in the  world." Today the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson's drug  development in the world, the Foundation has galvanized the search for a  cure for Parkinson's disease, and Michael is widely admired for his  tireless work as a patient advocate.

In 2012 Fox announced his intention to return to full-time acting.  While the announcement may have upended public expectations, Fox had  spoken publicly about finding a drug cocktail that helped him control  the symptoms and side effects of his Parkinson's disease well enough to  play a character with PD. In 2013, he returned to primetime network TV  as Mike Henry on NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show." The show, which  quickly gained nationwide attention, centers on a beloved newscaster and  family man who returns to work following a diagnosis with Parkinson's  disease. Parkinson's families and Michael J. Fox Foundation supporters  united around the power of optimism demonstrated by Fox's return,  hosting more than 2,000 premiere night house parties around the country  to celebrate the airing of the first episode.

Fox also continues to thrill fans in his multi-episode guest arc as  Lewis Canning, a devious attorney who uses his tardive dyskinesia to his  clients' advantage, in the CBS hit drama "The Good Wife" starring  Julianna Margulies. In 2011, he guest starred in "Larry versus Michael  J. Fox," the season eight finale of Larry David's acclaimed HBO comedy  "Curb Your Enthusiasm." In spring 2009 he portrayed embittered,  drug-addicted Dwight in Denis Leary's hit FX Network drama "Rescue Me," a  role that earned him his fifth Emmy Award. His 2006 recurring guest  role in the ABC legal drama "Boston Legal" was nominated for an Emmy,  and he appeared as Dr. Kevin Casey in the then-NBC series "Scrubs" in  2004.

Fox is the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards for  accomplishments in acting, including the 2011 Hoerzu Magazine Golden  Camera Award and the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters  Distinguished Service Award.


Read more by clicking on the link below


https://www.michaeljfox.org/foundation/michael-story.html?navid=michaels-story


Team Fox Video

Check out this great video to learn more about Team Fox and how you can help make a difference.