A “Who’s Who” of well-known people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
The Celebrity Factor
Celebrities like Michael J. Fox, Billy Graham, and others face a public relations conundrum.
Are we expecting too much of PD’s most famous victims?
Boxing champion Muhammed Ali, who was diagnosed with PD in 1982, has devoted himself to help others and to foster awareness about Parkinson’s. The Louisville Courier-Journal article tells of a man who hasn’t given up the fight.
Johnny Cash announced his PD diagnosis in October 1997. MTV provides this report.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox first shared the news of his PD diagnosis in this People magazine interview.
“Golden Girl” Estelle Getty made her diagnosis public in May, 2000, but she’s not letting PD slow her down. “I’m still a party girl,” she said. Visit her official site to learn more about her.
Billy Graham The Maranatha Christian Journal reports on Dr. Graham’s plans to continue his ministry while coping with the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Pope John Paul II
The 79-year-old Pope “is exhibiting all the classic signs of advanced Parkinson’s” according to the medical director of the National Parkinson’s Foundation. USA Today reports on the Pope’s condition and looks at possible treatment options.
Janet Reno remains extremely active as the Attorney General of the United States despite having Parkinson’s disease. Read the Washington Post story from 1995 when her diagnosis was announced.
Maurice White, member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, remains active and optimistic despite his PD diagnosis.