Michael J. Fox’s Humanitarian Award
On Saturday, November 19, 2022, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox with an Oscar statuette, at the Academy’s 13th Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California, for his tireless advocacy and boundless optimism to change the future for millions of people and families in the Parkinson’s community.
Michael J. Fox, a former actor, is known for hit movies such as Back to the Future, Doc Hollywood, and Greedy as well as t.v. shows such as Spin City and Family Ties. Michael’s life changed when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at age 29.
He has lived with Parkinson’s for three decades and has worked endlessly to help others who also have the disease. He has built a community with the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The Foundation has funded Parkinson’s research and has contributed over $1.5 billion since 2000.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation has diet and exercise resources, a worldwide support system, a guide for navigating Parkinson’s, advice on how to build a care team, webinars, and much more. There is exciting research being done and participants are welcome. There is research for medication and treatment in the pipeline with promising studies for the future.
To become involved and to learn about Parkinson’s disease, visit michaeljfox.org