Monday, June 28, 2010

Good on 'im!

Michael J. Fox and his mother stand near a golf course sign honouring his father.
Actor Michael J. Fox, born in Alberta and raised in British Columbia, does a lot for the land of his birth that doesn’t make the Hollywood news. In addition to starring in a series of tourism ads promoting BC, he (or I should say his foundation) recently gave a $2.1M grant to a biomedical firm here in Victoria that is working on therapeutic treatments for Parkinson’s victims.

The grant was part of $4.6M that his foundation gave out recently in support of Parkinson’s research. Fox himself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, and started the foundation which to date has raised $179M and has materially contributed to the progress being made against the disease.

Our family has been deeply affected by Parkinson’s, and so we appreciate the efforts of people like Fox to support those who work to find the cause and effective treatments for people with Parkinson’s.