Michael J. Fox presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
The Canadian-American retired actor claimed that dealing with the uncertainty following his diagnosis was the most difficult aspect.
At the Academy’s ceremony on Saturday night at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, actor Michael J. Fox was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in recognition of his advocacy work, which has helped to generate $1.5 billion for Parkinson’s disease research.
Fox was given the Parkinson’s disease diagnosis at the age of 29, a neurological condition that produces tremors and other symptoms. The Canadian actor upon the diagnosis cut back on his acting schedule and established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000. The Michael J. Fox Foundation was established to aid in funding the search for a Parkinson’s cure.
The Canadian-American retired actor claimed that dealing with the uncertainty following his diagnosis was the most difficult aspect. Fox stated, “The hardest part was grappling with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation.” Fox had also concealed his diagnosis for years since he wasn’t sure if his audience would find it funny if they knew he was having trouble.
Michael J. Fox, who delighted audiences in the ’80s TV sitcom ‘Family Ties’ and the ‘Back to the Future’ films, is the protagonist of an Oscar-winning documentary that is now being made by Davis Guggenheim.