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Before Michael J. Fox revealed he had Parkinson's in 1998, he worried about how audiences would respond to a sitcom star battling an incurable neurological disease.
He wondered: 'Can sick people be funny?' Well... his hilarious appearance on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' last year answered that.
Nowadays, Michael is set to star in a brand new comedy series loosely based on his life as a husband, a father, and a man living with Parkinson's (set to debut the fall of 2013).
But back in 1991 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, those first years were hard: the star of wildly popular movies like 'Back To The Future' and 'Teen Wolf' sank into a deep depression, and worried about the strain on his marriage.
But he turned it around: he started the Michael J. Fox Foundation, lobbied politicians first-hand, and fended off Conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh who accused him of exaggerating Parkinson's symptoms.
Now, Michael remains undeterred from the goal of the foundation: finding tangible solutions that improve the lives of people living with Parkinson's.
You can find out more about his foundation at michaeljfox.org.
If you want to sign up to be part of Team Fox, the community fundraising program, click here.