In an incredibly moving ceremony, Michael J. Fox was presented with an Honorary Academy Award by his friend Woody Harrelson for his contributions to cinema. And for his work to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a chronic degenerative condition of the central nervous system that first affected him in 1991 and which he made public in 1998.
This guy was a master of comedy,” Harrelson said. He turned a chilling diagnosis into a daring mission. Michael J. Fox has never asked for the role of Parkinson’s advocate, but it’s his best performance yet.
Nineteen years after his diagnosis, Michael established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000. It has been searching for a treatment for the degenerative disorder for more than two decades. The group has raised more than $1 billion.
It’s thrilling in the most profound way to stand here and accept your kindness,” “Enough, guys, you make me tremble.”
I didn’t know if the audience would laugh if they knew I was struggling. The hardest part was dealing with the certainty of the diagnosis and the uncertainty of the situation,” he continued. The actor then invited his wife to the podium to conclude his speech, adding:
I can’t believe I’ve been here for so long; it’s a miracle. I can’t walk and carry this thing – he said, referring to the award. But I ask Tracy to once again carry the weight.