Michael J Fox's doting children teach him how to handle trolls as they help him battle Parkinson's
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan have raised the most precious children who never think twice to support their ailing father.
The 61-year-old star is said to be the ultimate family man despite having one of the most celebrated careers in Hollywood. Raising four children together, both Michael and Tracy had their hands full. The actor was just 29 and already a father-of-one when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Nonetheless, the pair went on to have three more children, and their undying support for their father is inspiring to say the least. Michael and Tracy tied the knot in 1988 and are now parents to Sam, 33, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, 27, and Esme, 20.
It's worth noting that Michael's oldest is the only one who has a public Instagram account and the siblings mostly prefer to stay out of the limelight, unlike their celebrity father. Sam regularly shares updates on his family life and snapshots with Michael too. The doting son never forgets to shower his father with love and uplifting messages on his birthday.
During a 'Graham Norton Show' appearance in December 2020, Michael recalled an episode when his son helped him stand up to a Twitter troll. The star said someone had gone out of their way to say "something nasty" about his diagnosis. He explained he usually lets it go but this time he wanted to respond in some fashion. When he reached out to his son for advice, Sam told him to write "SMH." He reassured his father that those three letters were the perfect response for the mean troll. Michael was surprised by the response he received. The critic noted that the clap back was the funniest thing he'd read and said, "I apologize for anything I said to you." The star was still confused because he didn't know what SMH meant, and that's when his lookalike son told him the letters stood for "Shaking my head!"
That said, not much is known about Michael's twin daughters, albeit they have made several public appearances with their father to raise awareness of Parkinson's and put on a united front. The 'Back to the Future' actor paid tribute to them in honor of their most recent birthday. "Twice the love, a hundred times the laughs," he captioned an Instagram post. "Happy birthday to my beautiful girls. I love you so."
Michael and Tracy's youngest officially made her parents empty nesters when she went to college in 2019. However, the family soon found themselves living under the same roof in Long Island due to the pandemic. "We were always linger-after-dinner people anyway, and now we were lingering and talking about what people were going through," the actor told The Guardian in 2020. "Doing jigsaws, Tracy cooking up a storm, everyone there, these wonderful children and this great wife. I can’t believe I have this life."
Michael has been passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson's ever since he was diagnosed with it. The star has raised over a billion dollars for the cause over the years, according to Hello! magazine.