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Michael J. Fox show inspires Ellen-like Parkinson's buzz

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  • Hoping to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease, David Slania of Rolling Meadows worked with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to organize a "viewing party" for Thursday night's NBC premiere of Fox's sitcom, in which Fox plays a TV anchor with Parkinson's disease.

       Hoping to raise awareness about Parkinson's disease, David Slania of Rolling Meadows worked with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to organize a "viewing party" for Thursday night's NBC premiere of Fox's sitcom, in which Fox plays a TV anchor with Parkinson's disease.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease more than six years ago, David Slania of Rolling Meadows says he has learned to appreciate the way the progressive neurological disease has taught him to focus on the joys of family and friendships.

       Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease more than six years ago, David Slania of Rolling Meadows says he has learned to appreciate the way the progressive neurological disease has taught him to focus on the joys of family and friendships.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Parkinson's tremors that begin on his left side can leave David Slania of Rolling Meadows sore and exhausted. But he still coaches his son's sports teams and says he focuses on what he can do.

       The Parkinson's tremors that begin on his left side can leave David Slania of Rolling Meadows sore and exhausted. But he still coaches his son's sports teams and says he focuses on what he can do.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Describing himself as a character who happens to have Parkinson's disease, Michael J. Fox mines his neurological disease for humor in "The Michael J. Fox Show," which debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.

      Describing himself as a character who happens to have Parkinson's disease, Michael J. Fox mines his neurological disease for humor in "The Michael J. Fox Show," which debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
    Eric Liebowitz/NBC

  • Video: The Michael J. Fox Show

  • Video: Slania's take on Parkinson's

 
 

Tv sitcoms can have the power to educate. a decade ago, "ellen" helped some people re-examine gay rights. tonight, michael j. fox can give people a better understanding of people with parkinson's.

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