“Great Scott!” October 21st officially marks the date actor, author, and advocate Michael J. Fox time traveled thirty years into the future in the Universal Pictures blockbuster trilogy Back to the Future. With the huge following and buzz the movie is receiving from this iconic day, Michael J. Fox is using the publicity to change the world.
On the morning of October 21st, Fox partnered with the White House to publish a letter regarding the state of Parkinson’s Disease in today’s society. Michael himself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 and started advocating about the condition in 1998. His foundation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, works towards Parkinson’s disease research and finding a cure for the disease. In the letter, Fox encourages greater awareness for Parkinson’s Disease in our world and urges Americans to participate in conversations in regards to the medical research. Fox also expresses his great optimism, stating he believes within the next thirty years in the future, we can find a cure to this terrible brain disease and affect the lives of millions for the better.
Today, at least 500,000 people in the United States suffer from Parkinson’s disease and Michael J. Fox has made it his mission to support and cure the many lives affected. “Together, we’ll make neurological illness a thing of the past, and if we all eventually get hoverboards, well—that’s a bonus.”
Michael J. Fox is truly a man of the Future, no time travelling required.