Our charity work for 2017 is continuing at a pace. We hope to raise £5000 for Parkinson’s UK this year and we are well on our way to achieving our target. Recently, in our company magazine Pit Stop we published a story about the Famous Faces of Parkinson’s. This was so well received that we decided to use this story as a Blog Post to help raise awareness of the condition and our work in raising money for the charity. Once you’ve read this Blog, why not consider joining us for our Gala Dinner on Friday 22nd September at Aston Wood Golf Club? This will be the flagship event for our charity work this year and we hope to reveal our grand total at this event. Tickets can be bought here.
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common nervous system disorders. A diagnosis is most common after age 50, and, while it affects both genders, it’s more common in men. Parkinson’s disease is one of progression – it may begin very quietly with a small hand tremor—but it will eventually affect almost every part of the body. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, although research is making advances every day. The cause of Parkinson’s disease is still a mystery, which means doctors can’t accurately predict who will develop it and who won’t. These prominent actors, musicians, athletes, and other well-known figures have all faced a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
Perhaps the most famous celebrity to suffer from Parkinson’s is Muhammed Ali. The decorated boxing champion began showing signs of Parkinson’s disease shortly after retiring from boxing in 1981 and he was diagnosed with the disease in 1984 at the age of 42. Though his doctors are not entirely sure, his Parkinson’s disease may be the result of repeated blows to the head during boxing matches.
Michael J Fox
Most famous for his role as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future movies, he was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 at the age of 30. He went public with his diagnosis in 1998 and committed himself to working for Parkinson’s research. He eventually established the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which raises money for research.
Billy Connolly is a Scottish comedian and actor. In 2013, he announced that he was receiving treatment for the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. He was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer at the same time. Connolly has acted in films such as Indecent Proposal, The Boondock Saints, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and the animated film Brave. He was 70 years old at the time of his diagnosis. His spokesman indicated that the actor would continue to work, uninhibited by his diagnosis.
In 1997, the country singer/songwriter announced he was battling Parkinson’s disease. Despite his illness, he enjoyed a late-career resurgence before his death in 2003.
Golden Globe Award-winner Bob Hoskins was forced to retire from acting after his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2012. Hoskins appeared in numerous movies throughout his 40-year acting career, including The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook, and Mermaids. His agent indicated in a statement that Hoskins had continued working almost a year after his diagnosis.
Eleven-time Grammy Award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt revealed to AARP in 2013 that Parkinson’s disease had silenced her. Though she was still able to speak, the disease has left the then 67-year-old singer of “You’re No Good” and “Don’t Know Much” without a singing voice. Ronstadt said she initially believed her symptoms were due to an insect bite and shoulder surgery.
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