Michael J. Fox, star of 80s hit movie Back to the Future, might have been elated recently after he tested a pair of self-lacing Nikes similar to the ones featured in Back to the Future 2. As reported by The Kansas City Star, the star took to Twitter to share the experience with fans.
— michaeljfox.org (@MichaelJFoxOrg) October 21, 2015
The shoes are set to be released in Spring 2016 and are likely to be in extremely high demand due to the success of the Back to the Future movies which were released in the 1980s.
In other news, The White House reported via their website that on Back to the Future Day, Michael J. Fox, who played Marty McFly in the movies, sent out a message to its email list.
“We’ve come a long way since 1985. When Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled 30 years into the future, we could only imagine the innovations we take for granted today – new ideas and technologies that have completely changed the way we live, learn, and work.”
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— fav characters (@favscharacters) November 1, 2015
“Back then, if you’d have told me that I’d go from talking on a cell phone to talking cell biology, I would never have believed you. But today, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is helping to spearhead research collaborations to speed a future in which we can treat, cure, and even prevent brain diseases like Parkinson’s.”
“So what’s possible in another 30 years? Call me an optimist, but I believe that by 2045 we’ll find the cures we seek – especially because of all the smart, passionate people working to make it happen. Doctors and researchers around the world are developing new tools to improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases, to tailor treatments – for all illnesses – through precision medicine, and to make life better for millions of people. This truly is the stuff of the future.”
Michael J. Fox, who presently suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, has worked tirelessly to help find a cure for the condition. Parkinson’s is a neurological disease which causes debilitating and involuntary tremors. An article in The Telegraph states that Michael J. Fox was diagnosed in 1991 when he was only 30-years-old.
This was during a golden time in the actor’s career, and Michael J. Fox was devastated when his doctor gave him the news that he would only be able to keep working for another ten years. Michael J. Fox had originally sought help from medical experts due to a twitch he was experiencing in his finger. When he was diagnosed, the actor decided to keep it quiet, worried he would lose work. It was around this time that Michael J. Fox turned his talents mainly toward voice-acting, in films such as Homeward Bound and Stuart Little.
By 1998, Michael J. Fox had decided to go public with his diagnosis as it was becoming increasingly difficult to hide his physical symptoms. In time he set up the “Michael J. Fox Foundation,” which to date has raised over $450 million towards Parkinson’s research.
— Gregory Piatetsky (@kdnuggets) October 27, 2015
A promising new breakthrough in terms of treating the disease has been reported by The University of Kentucky News.
Univeristy of Kentucky researchers are set to present their findings on a brand new therapy to aid individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Along with associate professor Richard Grondin, professor Gregory Gerhard will be showcasing their research as part of the “Michael J. Fox Foundation’s” annual Parkinson’s Disease Therapeutics Conference, held on November 4, 2015. The conference is currently the only one in the world dedicated to researching and developing therapeutics for Parkinson’s Disease and there is a great deal of professional and public interest in the professors’ findings.
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