Michael J Fox jams with Joan Jett on stage years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Michael J Fox Foundation's annual event raises millions of dollars in the quest to cure Parkinson's disease
It has been over 20 years since Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's, a disease known for the terrible tremors it causes in its patients. However, Fox's diagnosis did not stop him from taking the stage with rock legend Joan Jett at the Michael J. Fox Foundation's annual gala, called 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's' in New York.
The yearly event, which is known for being extremely star-studded in its guest list, raises millions of dollars in the quest to cure Parkinson's disease. According to reports, Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder causing tremors and, when the disease has matured, the loss of motor skills.
Fox looked quite the gentleman on the red carpet in a tailored suit and a blue and red striped silk tie. He was captured smiling with his wife Tracy who glowed in a two-piece ensemble with a long black tulle skirt and a black and white embroidered floral sleeveless top.
Tracy and Fox, who were also the hosts for the evening, got a ton of support during the night from their brood of beautiful children. The couple's children Esme Fox, twins Schuyler Fox and Aquinnah Fox, as well as Sam Fox also attended the event to show their solidarity with the noble cause supported by their parents.
As per reports, the Spin City star was diagnosed with early-onset of Parkinson's disease in 1991. After his diagnosis, Fox turned to heavy drinking, which in turn drastically affected his married life.
Later, in 1998 the iconic 80s actor revealed his diagnosis to the public and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research was created two years following the revelation. As per the New York Times, Fox's charity has been labeled as "the most credible voice on Parkinson's research in the world."
Fox's foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson's drug development in the world, and through their incredible work, the 'Teen Wolf' actor said he believes that within the next five years, doctors will be able to predict a diagnosis.
The actor got support at this year's gala, which usually boasts of a lavish affair, performances and celebrity guests, by his 'Back to the Future' co-star Christopher Llyod. And in a surprising turn of events, rock star Joan Jett took the stage at the gala alongside Fox and the two jammed out together on electric guitars at the event.