Story Tellers - M.J. Fox and Dennis Leary
When: Tuesday, April 30 2019
MDC Productions was pleased to be at an amazing panel with Denis Leary and Sir Michael J. Fox, a "national treasure". After receiving the devastating news that he had Parkinson's, M.J. Fox started his own foundation which is now the largest funder of Parkinson's disease research in the world. He spoke about how difficult it was to have spinal surgery because he had to learn to walk again. During his recovery, he took a bad fall and had moments where he'd lament how long it took him to do things many of us take for granted. But then he had an epiphany. With Parkinson's (or any disability), everything takes twice as long and as a result, life moves much slower. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing! By shifting his perspective, he was able to appreciate each moment and just feel grateful to be alive. Every single step he takes is literally one into the great unknown -- maybe he'll fall down, maybe he won't -- but either way he knows he'll always get up, keep fighting and keep living the best way he knows how. And he's not just fighting for his own life, dignity, sanity and happiness. He's also fighting for millions of others who suffer from Parkinson's and other similarly crippling neurodegenerative diseases. The man is a LEGEND...and he's a pretty famous actor too!