Michael J. Fox to receive honorary AARP Purpose Prize
LOS ANGELES – Michael j fox will receive an honorary AARP award for his work through his charity that advocates for research into Parkinson’s disease.
The organization announced Tuesday that Fox will receive the honorary AARP Purpose Prize in a virtual ceremony on December 15. The Emmy-winning actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, will be recognized for his work with his Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The Fox Foundation – which was launched in 2000 – has funded more than $ 1 billion in global research programs. He currently sits on the foundation’s board of directors and travels to speak on behalf of the organization.
Five people will receive the AARP Purpose Award, which honors people 50 and over who “give back, meet societal challenges.”
Recipients include William Bracken of Fountain Valley, Calif., Whose Bracken’s Kitchen reuses and donates allegedly trashed food; Raymond Jetson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, whose MetroMorphosis organization works to engage volunteers to change urban communities; Alan Miller of Bethesda, Maryland, whose News Literacy Project works with people to help them identify credible news sources; Ify Nwabukwu of Lanham, Maryland, whose African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association works to provide cancer screening and access to treatment; and Rita Zimmer from New York, whose HousingPlus provides services to women and children to help them overcome poverty.
Each winner will receive $ 50,000 for their organization.
“AARP is honored to celebrate these extraordinary seniors, who have dedicated their lives to serving others in creative and innovative ways,” AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said in a statement. “In these difficult times in our country and around the world, we are inspired to see people use their life experiences to build a better future for all of us.”
The AARP said 10 previously named Purpose Prize fellows will also be honored. Each of them will receive a prize of $ 10,000 to further the mission of their organization.
The organization has announced a new award category called the AARP Inspire Award. The public will vote for which AARP Purpose award winner they want to win, which would give this organization an additional $ 10,000.
In an interview with USA TODAY last November, Fox spoke of his recovery from risky spine surgery in 2018 that forced him to relearn to walk, as well as a devastating fall soon after that left him with a broken arm.
“I was lying on the floor in my kitchen with a broken arm waiting for the ambulance to show up,” Fox said. “I was like, ‘What a fool. All this time you’ve been telling everyone to be optimistic, hang in there, and you’re miserable now. There’s only pain and regret. There is nothing but pain and regret. there’s no way to make this shine. ‘”
The “Back to the Future” star also opened up about her battle with Parkinson’s and staying positive after so much negativity was directed at her.
“It was a real watershed moment for me because I realized that I have been selling this optimism to people for so long,” he said. “I believe that is true for me, but it struck me that at that point I questioned it, and I questioned it very severely. And so the rest of the book is this journey to find my way back with gratitude. And I think gratitude is what makes optimism endure. “
Contributor: Charles Trépany