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Michael J. Fox Gets a Standing Ovation and As He Rises from His Wheelchair, the Crowd Goes Wild

GodUpdates | Updated: Feb 21, 2024

Michael J Fox received a standing ovation as he made a rare appearance at the 2024 BAFTA Awards. And if you thought the crowd was clapping hard as Michael entered the stage, just wait until the actor gets out of his wheelchair to give his speech!

Living With A Degenerative Illness

Thanks to playing Alex P. Keaton on the popular 80s TV sitcom Family Ties and Marty McFly in the Back to the Future movie trilogy, Michael J Fox has long been considered an iconic actor. But he’s also suffered for more than three decades from a chronic disease.

In 1991 at the young age of 29, doctors diagnosed Michael J Fox with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system. It occurs when “brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical that coordinates movement, stop working or die.” There can be a range of symptoms, including movement issues like tremors and balance problems, as well as other complications like fatigue and cognitive impairments.

While treatments are available, a cure for Parkinson’s doesn’t currently exist. A person must live with the disorder which will ultimately get progressively worse. And it’s certainly made a huge impact on Michael J Fox’s life.

However, the star has handled his illness in such an inspiring way, creating The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Through his non-profit, the actor has poured time and resources into seeking a cure. The organization also provides education and support for others who suffer from this disease. So, it comes as no surprise that during one of his rare public appearances, the crowd would honor Michael J Fox with a standing ovation.

A Standing Ovation For Michael J Fox

The degenerative nature of Parkinson’s Disease makes mobility difficult for Michael. And as a result, the actor doesn’t make nearly as many appearances as he did years ago. However, the 62-year-old did attend the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards in London to present the award in the Best Film category.

As an attendant pushed Michael J Fox in a wheelchair across the stage, applause broke out, building into an enthusiastic standing ovation. However, as Michael rose from his wheelchair and stepped to the podium for his speech, the cheering reached a fever pitch!

Filled with smiles, whistles, shouts, and even tears, Michael’s appearance made an impact on everyone in the room.

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