Michael J Fox rocks a brilliant guitar performance 20 years after revealing his diagnosis
During the annual Gala in aid of Parkinson's, Michael J. Fox and former co-star play electric guitar together and delight the crowd with their performance.
In 1991 Michael J. Fox got diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder causing tremors and at later stages the loss of motor skills.
But it wasn’t until 1998 that Michael would reveal his diagnoses to the public and go on to start the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research two years later.
The foundation hosts an annual gala event in order to raise money for research in order to cure Parkinson’s disease, has raised over $5 million during the 2017 event.
Michael looked handsome in a tailored suit with a red and blue striped silk tie as he smiled alongside his wife Tracy, 58. Their daughters, Sam,29, Esme, 17, and twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, 23, was right beside them showing their support.
The ‘Back to the Future’ star also reunited with his co-star from the same series, Christopher Lloyd, who starred as Doc Brown in the sci-fi series as he showed his support to Michael who played Marty, and the foundation.
The gala, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s, took place in New York City and Michael later took the stage with rock legend Joan Jett where they played electric guitars alongside each other to back up Steve Winwood’s performance in benefit to the foundation.
Joan Jett and Michael Fox starred as brother and sister in the 1987 musical drama ‘Light of Day’ alongside Gena Rowlands, and it shows them dealing with life while being lead performers in a rock band, The Barbusters, in Cleveland, Ohio.
The song ‘Light of Day,’ was composed and written by Bruce Springsteen specifically for the film, with the soundtrack performed by Joan Jett.
Being the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s drug development in the world Michael believes that doctors will be able to predict a diagnosis within the next five years.
His wife, Tracy Pollan looked beautiful in a two-piece consisting of a long black tulle skirt and white and black embroidered sleeveless top as they walked down the red carpet together. Through their 30 years of marriage Tracy always stood by Michael. The couple wed on July 16, 1988, three years before he got diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s.
They met while starring in ‘Family Ties’ as boyfriend and girlfriend and started dating in real life, only seven months after the two had started dating. After his diagnoses, Michael went through a stage where he struggled with alcoholism, but eventually became a powerful activist for the disease.
Through everything Tracy stood by him as he adjusted and came to grips with the diagnosis, however, their love and marriage never wavered.
To thank for their long marriage they laughingly share that a sense of humor definitely helps, but to give the other the benefit of the doubt, to assume you are doing the best you can is a big contributing factor.
Although Michael adds that it is important to find the best things about oneself and to celebrate them. Be grateful for what you have.