New NBC show shines light on debilitating disease

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 --- 9:25pm

A new NBC show is shining an important light on a debilitating disease. Just like thousands of Wisconsites, Michael J. Fox has Parkinson's disease.

The new "Michael J. Fox" show, airing Thursdays at 8pm on NBC 15, features his challenges with the disease, but in a light-hearted way.

Many packed the Blackhawk Country Club Thursday night for a premiere party, put on by the American Parkinson Disease Association-Wisconsin Chapter.

For years, Parkinson's has been considered the "old people's disease.” But , it also affects younger adults. And those in attendance Thursday say, thanks to Michael J Fox and his new show, that realization is becoming better known.

"I think the show definitely gives a lot of hope to people, especially young people. It really provides them with a role model” says Hannah Wente, American Parkinson Disease Association, Wisconsin Chapter Director.

Today, there are over 1.5 million people in the US who have Parkinson’s. Of that, more than 60,000 live right here in Wisconsin.

You can tune into the Michael J. Fox show Thursdays at 8PM on NBC 15.

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