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Article updated: 9/19/2013 10:07 PM

Rolling Meadows man hosts premiere of new Michael J. Fox show

By Melissa Silverberg

A Rolling Meadows resident with Parkinson's disease has organized a premiere party at Northwest Community Hospital next week for Michael J. Fox's new television show.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Northwest Community Hospital, 800 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights.

"The Michael J. Fox Show" is a new sitcom in which the actor plays a character dealing with career and family issues while battling Parkinson's disease. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991.

Before the show premieres, there will be a screening of the documentary "Just Around The Corner," which profiles Bob Benjamin, a man who has been living with Parkinson's for 16 years. "The Michael J. Fox Show" will follow from 8-10 p.m. with the first two episodes of the series.

The event was organized by David Slania, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2006.

"Bob, like Michael, is a hero to me," Slania said. "Michael and Bob refuse to let Parkinson's disease run their lives, and are living examples of overcoming obstacles to live happy, healthy lives."

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