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Friday
Mar302012

Michael J. Fox Drank to Deal with Parkinson’s

Theo Wargo/WireImage for SiriusXM(NEW YORK) -- Michael J. Fox took to alcohol to cope with his Parkinson’s diagnosis.

In an interview in the latest issue of Parade magazine, Fox, 50, said that drinking was his method of coping after finding out that he had Parkinson’s in 1991. “For a time I dealt with it with alcohol, which turned out to be a disaster,” he said. “I’d always been kind of a partier, but this was the first time I was drinking in order not to feel something. It had a dark purpose.”

His wife, Tracy Pollan, helped him stop.

“About a year after my diagnosis, I woke up one morning and saw Tracy’s face. … She said, ‘Is this what you want?’ Instantly I knew -- no, this isn’t what I want or who I am,” he said. “So I quit drinking in ’92. I recognized I had choices about drinking, and that made me realize I had choices about Parkinson’s as well.”

The Spin City star said he no longer looks at living with Parkinson’s “as a battle or as a fight. I’m accepting,” he said. “I say ‘living with’ or ‘working through’ Parkinson’s. Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it. I look at it like I’m a fluid that’s finding the fissures and cracks and flowing through.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep092011

Marty McFly’s Shoes Give Hope for Parkinson’s Research

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- All who have ever admired Marty McFly’s cool kicks from Back to the Future II now have a chance to bid on a pair of their own -- and for a good cause. Nike announced Thursday that 150 pairs of the futuristic high-tops would become available on eBay for 10 days, and the proceeds would go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

“The project … brings together three very passionate audiences: the Parkinson’s community, sneakerheads and Back to the Futur fans,” Michael J. Fox said in a statement.

The shoes -- called Nike Air MAGs, were rebuilt to the exact specifications of the originals. The high-tops include a glowing sole and Nike logo that is activated with a simple pinch of the high-top’s ear. The only thing they don’t do is lace themselves.

It’s the shoe fans have been asking for. A few years ago, an online campaign called McFly 2015, Make It Happen urged Nike to make a version of the shoe for retail.

Even though the price of the limited-edition shoe may be out of reach for most people, Twitter lit up with comments from fans excited about the release.

“I’ve never worn sneaks in my life, but I NEED these,” @jacvanek wrote.

Another person proposed sharing the sneakers.

“Who wants to go halves on the Marty McFly Nikes from BTTF 2? Only about $40,000,” @cameronhurley wrote.

A tweeter named Will Eurich was determined to get his feet into a pair and posted a screen shot of his $4,050 bid. “Wish me luck,” he wrote.

The auction ends Sept. 18.

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