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A Special Conversation in Honor of Father’s Day: Adult Children Reflect on Having a Father with Parkinson’s

The ripple effect of a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be deeply felt by everyone in an extended family, especially the children of people with the disease. In honor of Father’s Day, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is sharing a special podcast episode between three adult children who discuss how they each have navigated having a father with Parkinson’s disease.

In the episode, host and MJFF Patient Council member Bryan Roberts, Associate Dean of the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and father of an 11-year-old daughter leads a discussion with:

  • Cathy Lee Crane, filmmaker and professor
  • Sam Fox, son of Michael J. Fox 
  • Akbar Gbajabiamila, MJFF Board member and co-host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and CBS’ The Talk

If you’d rather listen on the go, subscribe to our Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson's Podcast on iTunes or through any podcast app on your smartphone or tablet. And if you enjoyed what you heard, share it with a friend or leave a review on iTunes.

View a transcript of this podcast. 

This Father’s Day and beyond, MJFF celebrates the experiences of patients, loved ones, researchers, advocates and supporters — speeding progress toward a cure. The Foundation’s landmark study, the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), is enrolling parents, brothers and sisters, and children (over age 60) of people with Parkinson’s. PPMI is open to anyone over age 18 in the U.S. Join the study that could change everything at

Recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s or living outside the U.S.? Connect with the PPMI team at


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