As Michael J. Fox made the television talk-show rounds this morning to promote tomorrowís premiere of ďThe Michael J. Fox Show,Ē millions opened†USA Today to read about the state of Parkinsonís research and how far weíve come since Michael announced his diagnosis 22 years ago.
In other ways ó and much to Fox's credit, many people say ó our understanding of the disease has been transformed since his diagnosis, bringing research closer to a cure even as scientists acknowledge that it will be far harder to achieve than they once believed.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which he started in May 2000, has raised more than $350 million. Its mission has been the same since its founding: Find a cure and find it fast.
"Michael was very clear that the goal is to make progress for patients, do it quickly, cut all the red tape," says Todd Sherer, the foundation's CEO.
Read more about advances in Parkinsonís research and clinical care from members of our Parkinsonís community in the article online.