Poor Michael J. Fox. He has Parkinson's disease. But he's SO BRAVE. (Blech!)
I originally wrote about this on my home blog, but I've decided to expand on it a little for the Technorati readers...
There are a lot of great organizations out there, all trying to raise money for research to find a cure — or, at least, new and better treatments for Parkinson's disease. My favorite, of course, is the National Parkinson Foundation. Why? Well, for one reason, after dancing with doctors and neurologists back in late 1999 and early 2000 who claimed it could NOT be Parkinson's disease because I was too young, it was a doctor at the NPF clinic in Miami who finally pulled the trigger on the diagnosis. The NPF does its work, raises its money, funds its research without blowing their own horn, trumpeting their own philanthropy, or focusing on celebrity. The recent addition of Katie Couric as a NPF spokesperson was handled with dignity and I, for one, congratulate Ms. Couric for the work she has done in the past for colon cancer and the work she will do for Parkinson's disease.
Then, there's the Michael J. Fox Foundation. They raise a lot of money. And I mean, a LOT of money. They fund a lot of research. Wanna know how I know? Because every time the MJFF donates to research, there's four or five press releases about their donations on the various RSS feeds that cover Parkinson's disease. I don't begrudge them. If it helps raise money, wonderful.
But what I saw on Facebook this morning made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.
Aw. Michael ALWAYS "dreams big." How cute.
Try telling that story to a person with Parkinson's disease who, either because of the medication or the disease itself, has vivid and horrifying nightmares every night.Continued on the next page