Michael J Fox shows a shocked crowd that Parkinson’s will never stop him

Michael J Fox continues to be an inspiration for many battling Parkinson’s Disease.  In another defiant act against the debilitating disease, he
People

Michael J Fox continues to be an inspiration for many battling Parkinson’s Disease.  In another defiant act against the debilitating disease, he does something that would be hard even for those not suffering from Parkinson’s.

In a concert in front of thousands of their fans, Coldplay took a special video request from lead singer Chris Martin’s son.  The request was to play a song from their favourite movie Back to the Future.  Chris obliged and started to play the song Earth Angel which is played at a pivotal part of the 1985 film.

Halfway through the song, Chris invited a special guest to the stage.  It was Michael J. Fox who starred in Back to the Future.  The crowd erupted and then were in shock when the long time Parkinson’s sufferer started to play the guitar for the song.

Already blown away the crowd exploded into cheers as Michael launched into one of the most recognisable opening riffs in music history.  The iconic song Johnny B Goode was famously mimed by Michael in Back to the Future but here there was no miming.  Michael played lead guitar while Chris sang in a magical musical moment that continues to show the inspiration that Michael is.

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and has been one of the biggest activists for research to find a cure for it.  Michael does take to stage from time to time to play with the likes of The Who and Joan Jett, who join him for his annual fundraisers for The Michael J Fox Foundation.  Fox keeps manage of his condition with medication as well as a surgical procedure that helps reduce the tremors that plague sufferers of the disease.

In his 2002 autobiography Lucky Man: A Memoir Michael stated that he took up two hobbies that he was told would be impossible with his condition; guitar and golf.  I think he shows here that he excels at whatever he puts his mind too.

How inspiring is Michael?  Do you have someone in your life that is battling Parkinson’s?

Featured image by Art Babych / Shutterstock.com

  1. Marilyn budden  

    Michael is so inspiring and such a fantastic approach to life letting nothing stop what he wants to do.

  2. Dianne Evans  

    That was so cool ! Hope he keeps going and going!

  3. trisha  

    I danced and clapped my hands to that entire fabulous song. Cold Play and Michael J Fox ROCK…..

  4. anne gillmeister  

    hes an inspiration for me as i too have parkinsons and try to do as much as i once did dont always succeed but if pa
    rkinsons is going to kick me in the butt im going to try and do thesame for it

    • Kerrie Williams  

      Great attitude Anne, like me I allow PD to be something I have & not what I am. Still manage to work full time running my dog grooming business, have 3 fantastic kids & the worlds best husband…..living life to the fullest.
      Take care of yourself, eat good food & surround yourself with beautiful people xx

  5. KateG  

    My dad battled parkinson’s for 15 years, he rode his pushbike which he used to race up until two years before he died in 2015. Even months before he died he still kept active by cycling using a single wheel machine at his feet. He didn’t let him beat him until near the end when it took control of his whole body and speech. The dementia that comes with Parkinson’s is the destroyer of the person before the Parkinson’s takes control. Michael J Fox is an inspiration to people with Parkinson’s and his foundation is doing outstanding work. Seeing him play with Coldplay was incredible.
    In the UK the Parkinson’s association has a brain bank that is working tirelessly to find a cure. http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/parkinsons-uk-brain-bank

    • Wendy Butler  

      Hi l was told l had Parkinson’s when l was 29 a mother of 3 small children l loved to line dance and sew and paint . I had Brain surgery it was calls a(Paladoptamy sorry l can’t spell it) that worked well for about 10 years then l had more brain surgery called Deep Brain Simulation Surgery . Their came a time wear l couldn’t dance anymore so l concentrated on my art work to cut a long story short l have had Parkinson’s for 27 years naw and sometimes it dose get me down sometimes but l think haw lucky l am , l think about all the people who haven’t lived to be my age , and l could have had a worse Denice like Cancer or something like that .But you must have fath in your doctors l have a BRILENT on and l owe him my life . you would never believe it but l went to a line danceing class. Last Tuesday and l had a ball l could still do it so don’t give up you must fight on life is to precious

  6. Nancy Taylor  

    My husband has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 27 years. He has limited mobility but as we had never been on a cruise boat we decided to do it. We are currently moored off of Port Douglas Queensland. Never let this disease stop you from what you want to do.

  7. Jan Wood  

    Absolutely brilliant a magical man

  8. Natalie Hall  

    Yes my Husband has Parkinson’s he was Diagnosed with it year ago,he has early stage of the Diseased which is called Garden Verity,and he’s on Medication and doing very well.

  9. Natalie Hall  

    Yes my Husband has Parkinson’s he was Diagnosed with it year ago,he has early stage of the Diseased which is called Garden Verity,and he’s on Medication and doing very well.

  10. Joan Marshall  

    Oh my God what a man!!! God Bless his Soul Michael J. Fox he is more than a star he inspires people.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *