MJ Fox Foundation gala raises US$5 million for Parkinson’s disease research

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Author: Parkinson's Life editorsPublished: 17 November 2015

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David Letterman, Denis Leary and John Fogerty along with 1,000 supporters of the Michael J Fox Foundation gathered on Saturday (14 November) for the charity’s annual benefit gala held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Raising more than US$5 million for Parkinson’s research, guests of the A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s gala were treated to a Marty McFly-themed opening number from host Denis Leary and performances from the likes of Lenny Clarke, Jeff Ross and John Fogerty.

Letterman spoke fondly of Michael and his bravery as a Parkinson’s advocate: “To go out in front of a crowd of strangers without Parkinson’s disease takes gut. You do it with that diagnosis, that’s courage beyond human limits.”

To date, the gala has raised more than US$65 million to fund Parkinson’s disease research.

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