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‘We’re breaking down doors’ Michael J Fox delivers huge update on Parkinson’s cure

The One Show: Michael J. Fox on hopes to find Parkinsons cure

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Back to the Future stars Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd joined Richard Osman as guests on Monday’s The One Show to discuss the legacy of the hit film franchise which has now been adapted for the West End. Joining via video link, Michael spoke to BBC hosts Jermaine Jenas and Sam Quek all about his time in the films as well as the work his charity, the Michael J Fox Foundation, has done in the name of finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. 

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease back in 1991 at the age of just 29, and in 2000, the Back to the Future star launched his own non-profit foundation in the hopes of funding research to find a cure.

And highlighting the foundation’s remarkable work, Sam raised the topic just moments before the end of the show.

“We’ve actually had so much love for all three of you coming in for tonight’s show,” Sam said as she scrolled through social media reaction to The One Show guest’s appearances.

“But Michael,” she continued. “We can’t not mention you and your Parkinson’s foundation because it’s raised over $1billion, a huge congratulations.”

Sam, Jermaine, Richard and Christopher all gave a round of applause to Michael and the foundation’s hard work.

“You’re such a positive person,” the Question of Sport star and presenter went on. “I mean how hopeful are you that a cure can be found for Parkinson’s?”

Providing a positive update, Michael replied: “I’m very hopeful. 

“The billion dollars is not only raised, it’s a billion dollars aimed at research so whatever the cost we raise the majority of it goes straight on research.”

Michael admitted he felt a breakthrough was on the way and even set a timeline on a potential discovery.

“We think we’re beating down a lot of doors,” he added. “There’s a lot of different avenues for us to process from all different points of view from the scientific community,

“But we think we have a chance to provide some answers and we think within 10 years or so we could be into some really active treatments and quite a few cures.”

The One Show guests and presenters continued to praise and clap Michael, all in awe at the actor’s efforts.

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And viewers at home were equally in admiration, with dozens taking to Twitter to praise the Back to the Future star.

“Can I just say that Michael J Fox is a wonderful and inspirational gentleman,” Jen Stirrup tweeted. “Watching him on #TheOneShow now. Very thoughtful answers and genuinely humble, and it’s a privilege to watch him on TV. Wishing him good things.”

John Keen said: “Can we wrap Michael J Fox in cotton and keep him going forever please. #TheOneShow.”

While Chloe Carroll weighed in: “Michael J Fox [love heart emoji] what a wonderful human #theoneshow.”

“MICHAEL J FOX ON THE ONE SHOW IM SCREAMMINNGGGG,” tweeted a fourth viewer.

And Daniel Erskine added to the praise: “So amazing to see Michael J Fox on the One Show tonight. 

“When I saw Back to the Future as a kid it became my favourite movie of all time – little did I know when I first watched it that he would later inspire me professionally as well as starring in my favourite movie.”

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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