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Michael J Fox to receive honour for Parkinson's work

Michael J Fox
Michael J Fox has carried on working since first being diagnosed

Actor Michael J Fox is to be honoured by Sweden's Karolinska Institute for his work in raising funds and awareness for Parkinson's Disease.

Fox will be given an honorary degree of medicine by the institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in this discipline.

Fox will receive the doctorate in a ceremony in New York on Friday.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991. He has since raised millions of dollars for research into the disease.

The actor, most famous for his roles in the Back to the Future movies, set up the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Since 2000, the foundation has succeeded in giving more than $175m (£116m) to research aimed at developing drugs to combat Parkinson's.

Despite his illness, the actor has kept on working. He continued in the hit US TV comedy series Spin City until 2001.

He has since had roles in other successful US TV series Boston Legal and Rescue Me as well as lending his voice to characters in animation movies, including Stuart Little.



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