This is not a silver fox but rather a fox that, to many, will always be a young man riding on a flying skateboard. Today my entry is on the actor Michael J. Fox. He wasn't born in Vancouver, rather Edmonton, Alberta, but the Fox family did move to nearby Burnaby in 1971 when his father, a police officer and member of the Canadian Forces, retired.
It was in 1979 that the young Fox was discovered by producer Ronald Shedlo and made his American debut in the movie Letters from Frank. For this feature Fox was billed as Michael Fox and the young actor had intended on using that moniker but when he went to register with the Screen Actor's Guild he discovered that there was another actor by that name. He decided on the middle initial J. as a tribute to actor Michael J. Pollard.
Fox has also spent time as a successful producer. And he has authored three nonfiction books. It would seem like an understatement to say that Michael J. Fox is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. But then one day it looked like it could all go away.
I saw an interview with Michael in which he talked about this time in his life. It was his wife Tracy Pollan who basically told him to make a choice about how he was going to live his life. And he did. Fox got help, quit drinking and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation in order to find a cure for this disease.
When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 and put on disability I was faced with a challenge. It took me some time to adjust but then the realization came that I can take this opportunity and write. I can spend the time learning more about my craft and perfecting it. And with the love and support of my family and help from my doctors I have been given everything I need to deal with this disease.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, MIchael J. Fox, Parkinson's Disease, Family Ties, Burnaby, British Columbia