I have been a fan of Michael J. Fox for years. Early on he was my idol because he was living the dream of a professional acting career that was my ultimate life fantasy. Later, as he struggled with life issues and the sordid path of fame, he excelled at choosing a healthier, more balance manifestation of living.
In 1991 he was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Since that day, he has not only fought the disease, but taken the illness as an opportunity to change the face of research and treatment for Parkinsons. Here's a hero. Real life hero. Why? Because he has the ability to help and he is doing it, when that same ability would allow him to isolate, become self absorbed and silent. Michael J. Fox is fighting Parkinsons with a purity of motive.