Fox heads foundation – Actor trades TV for philanthropy

Actor Michael J. Fox has left his acting career to launch a foundation to fight Parkinson’s disease, the Associated Press reports.

Fox, who has been afflicted with the disease since 1991, left his ABC series “Spin City” to focus his energy on finding a cure for the progressive neurological disorder.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will merge with what is known as the Parkinson’s Action Network to pursue increased funding and research for the disease.

Last year, Fox appeared on Capitol Hill to push for a $75 million funding increase for Parkinson’s disease research. “I went from patient to advocate in one day,” Fox said.

Fox said that he may advocate for other issues – such as the use of human embryos for stem cell research, for example. Legislation backed by abortion opponents prohibits federally funded researchers from using human embryos in their work.

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