Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan Have Date Night at A Country Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's Event

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Published Time: 03.04.2024 - 07:31:04 Modified Time: 03.04.2024 - 07:31:04

Michael J. FoxandTracy Pollan enjoyed a night out while supporting a good cause.

The longtime couple kicked off Parkinson's Awareness month by attending The Michael J. Fox Foundation's A Country Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's event on Tuesday.

Held at Nashville's Belmont University, the red carpet gathering included an exclusive cocktail reception and country music concert attended by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town and Jason Isbell.

Fox, 62, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and went public with his diagnosis in 1998. He developed his foundation in the fall of 2000, to help aid in Parkinson's research.

Since its development, the foundation has raised over $1.75 billion, per its website.

During an appearance on CBS Mornings in November 2023, the actor explained that his goal with the foundation was to give a voice to the voiceless.

"They didn't have money, they didn't have a voice, and I thought, I could step in for these people and raise some hell," said Fox. "It's not a cure. But it's a big spotligh -

t on where we need to go, and what we need to focus on so we know we're on the right path, and we're very proud."

He credited Pollan — to whom he's been married since 1988 — as one of his biggest supporters.

"I love Tracy obviously and she's an amazing person and has gone through a lot. I realize she has a life separate from me having Parkinson's, from me being Alex Keaton or Marty McFly, she's a person. I think that's why it's gone okay," said Fox.

In January, Fox's filmStill: A Michael J. Fox Movie was recognized as the Best Documentary at the National Board of Review Gala. During his acceptance speech, he called Parkinson's disease a "gift."

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"It's been a gift that keeps on taking," he said. "It's been a gift because it's given me an audience to talk about what's possible."

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