Michael J. Fox is in good spirits as he takes part in the Clinton Global Initiative conference in NYC… amid his extensive efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease
Michael J. Fox made a rare public speaking appearance on Tuesday as part of the Clinton Global Initiative conference being held in New York City.
The 62-year-old actor, who has Parkinson’s disease, looked dapper in a navy blue suit with a gray collared shirt and a navy blue tie.
Fox appeared on a panel alongside Carolina García Jayaram, the CEO of the nonprofit The Elevate Prize Foundation, and businessman Joseph Deitch.
The Back To The Future star was one of a number of celebrities slated to appear at the event, which is put on by former President Bill Clinton, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.
Other notable names appearing at the summit include Matt Damon, Ashley Judd, will.i.am, Orlando Bloom, Liev Schreiber, Patrick Dempsey, Padma Lakshmi and the Academy Award-winning directors of Everything Everywhere All at Once, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The latest: Michael J. Fox, 62, was pictured speaking onstage Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative’s meeting held in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown
The conference, which the former president put together in 2005, is aimed at assembling ‘a community of doers who are taking action to make a tangible difference in people’s lives around the world,’ according to the CGI.
The group is composed of ‘organizations across government, business, and civil society; established and emerging leaders; activists and advocates; and community workers and doers on the front lines of our most pressing global challenges.’
Fox in 1991 was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and went public with the information in 1998.
In the autumn of 2000, he launched The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which ‘is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.’
According to the foundation, it has raised more than $1.75 billion for the cause.
‘Parkinson’s patients are the experts on what we have,’ Fox said in a statement on the foundation’s site. ‘We have a responsibility as patients to share our experience – what works for us, what we respond to, what we can contribute to research.’
Fox last year was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an honorary Academy Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his efforts toward finding a cure.
The Back to the Future star and his wife Tracy Pollan, 63, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this past July, as he took to Instagram to commemorate the occasion.
The actor, who is the founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, was clad in a navy blue suit with a grey collared shirt and a navy blue tie
The Canada-born star appeared on a panel alongside Carolina García Jayaram, the CEO of the nonprofit The Elevate Prize Foundation, and businessman Joseph Deitch
The event is put on by former President Bill Clinton, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
It is aimed at assembling ‘a community of doers who are taking action to make a tangible difference in people’s lives around the world,’ according to the CGI
The Back to the Future star appeared in good spirits amid the panel discussion
Fox in 1991 was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and went public with the info in 1998
Fox was pictured onstage with his foundation’s CEO Deborah Brooks at the event
Fox, who also played the role of Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties, captioned a carousel of shots: 35 years of laugher, living, listening and loving you @tracy.pollan. Thank you for it all. Forever yours, Mike.’
Pollan said on her account: ’35 years!!! Happy anniversary my love. Here’s to many more glorious adventures together. I could not love you more.’
Fox and Pollan are parents to son Sam Michael, 34, twin daughters Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 28, and daughter Esmé Annabelle, 21.