Since Michael J Fox was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the nineties, he’s fought bravely on – but the disease’s toll is more heartbreaking with each passing year.
The well-loved actor is now noticeably losing his fight with the disease, and at 54, his speech is often slurred and his left foot so unresponsive he must drag it behind him. He expects to be wheelchair bound by the age of 60.
The often reclusive star took a night out with his wife Tracy Pollan in February of this year and required several helpers to enter and exit his vehicle.
According to Radar Online, a close friend said of the night out, “It was heartbreaking. Michael’s bravery knows no bounds. But as the disease takes its toll on his body, even he is beginning to see that his battle is a losing one.”
They continued to say, “Michael sees every day as a gift, as well as an opportunity to help other sufferers. His Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has done so much and has raised millions of dollars, but a cure remains well out of reach.
Fox continues to act, however, and refuses to give up. He has also been tireless in using the opportunities afforded by his high public profile to raise awareness of Parkinson’s for other less visible sufferers.