Michael J. Fox Still Has The Fight In Him: Brings Down The House During Emotional Ceremony

Michael J. Fox was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 13th Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 19, for his decades of advocacy work with Parkinson’s disease.

On the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ website, the award is awarded to an “individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Fox, who founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000, received the award from fellow actor and friend Woody Harrelson. Fox also received a standing ovation for the honor.

Fox who is mostly known for his roles in “Back to the Future” and “Teen Wolf” discussed being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was just 29 years old, telling the audience, “The hardest part was grappling with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation,” as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox, now 61, also took a moment to thank his wife of 34 years, Tracy Pollan, for her steadfast support saying, “Tracy made it clear she was with me for the duration,” according to USA Today.

Fox and his wife married in July 1988 and have four children together: Sam, 33, Aquinnah, 27, Schuyler 27, and Esmé, 21.

As he concluded his speech, he invited his wife to join him saying, “I cannot believe I have been standing here for this long; it’s a miracle.”

He continued to say, “I cannot walk and carry this thing,” referring to the award. “But I ask Tracy to once again carry the weight.”

Fox has raised around $1 billion for Parkinson’s research over the years.

In Woody Harrelson’s presentation speech, he said, “This guy was a master class in comedy. He turned a chilling diagnosis into a courageous mission. Michael J. Fox never asked for the role of Parkinson’s advocate, but it is his best performance.”



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