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Michael J. Fox Urges M.D.’s to Find Cures
MIAMI – Michael J. Fox urged the next generation of doctors to “care deeply” about medical research that will advance the treatment of incurable diseases.
Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, addressed more than 130 graduates Saturday at the University of Miami Medical School’s commencement ceremony.
“In the last few years, I’ve gone from talking to my agent on my cell phone to discussing cell biology with leading physicians,” said Fox, 41. “I urge you as physicians to care deeply about these issues and add your voice and your vote into the public debate.”
University of Miami President Donna Shalala, who sits on the board of Fox’s foundation, presented him with the president’s medal.
Fox announced in 1998 that he had Parkinson’s, a disease marked by tremors, stiffness and imbalance. Since 2000, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has provided more than $20 million for Parkinson’s research, including a $375,000 grant awarded to Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in January.