MICHAEL J. FOX TELLS HIS STORY IN A NEW BOOK
Canadian star Michael J. Fox shocked the world a few years ago when he announced that he had Parkinsonís disease. His stories from before that announcement, after it and much more are included in “Lucky Man: A Memoir.”
This is a funny, highly personal, gorgeously written account of what itís like to be a 30-year-old man who is told he has an 80-year-oldís disease.
“Life is great. Sometimes, though, you just have to put up with a little more crap.” –Michael J. Fox
In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease — a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. Now, with the same passion, humor, and energy that Fox has invested in his dozens of performances over the last 18 years, he tells the story of his life, his career, and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinsonís.
Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life — from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity. Most importantly however, he writes of the last 10 years, during which — with the unswerving support of his wife, family, and friends — he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinsonís has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He is a very lucky man, indeed.
Michael J. Fox is donating the profits from his book to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Research, which is dedicated to fast-forwarding the cure for Parkinsonís disease. The Foundation will move aggressively to identify the most promising research and raise the funds to assure that a cure is found for the millions of people living with this disorder. The Foundationís web site, MichaelJFox.org, carries the latest pertinent information about Parkinsonís disease, including:
–A detailed description of Parkinsonís disease
–How you can help find the cure
–Public Services Announcements that are aired on network and cable television stations across the country to increase awareness
–Upcoming related Parkinsonís disease events and meetings
–Updates on recent research and developments
Enjoy the book!