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Michael J. Fox One Of The Stars Slated For Comic Con

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By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter

Actor Michael J. Fox will make a rare appearance at the August 18-21 Wizard World Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, officials announced last week.

He will be joined by his “Back to the Future” co-stars Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd along with other top stars for the annual event expected to draw more than 100,000 people of all ages to Rosemont.

Fox, 55, learned he had Parkinson’s disease in the 1990s while starring in the TV show “Spin City”. A few years later he started the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.

“It’s awesome that Michael J. Fox will be here. He truly sets a good example for everyone in his quest to find a cure for Parkinson’s. It’s a deadly disease that affects so many people and one that we know so little about,” Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Executive Director Christopher Stephens said.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60, officials note. It is categorized as a movement disorder. It is a disorder of the central nervous system resulting in loss of brain cells affecting coordination. The exact cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown.

Fox will touch on the foundation’s ongoing research efforts and results to date while appearing with his “Back to the Future” castmates during a Comic Con question and answer panel in August.
Also slated to appear are “X-Files” stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, along with Carrie Fisher of "Star Wars".

“We are ready for the crowds,” Stephens said. “Comic Con is one of our largest conventions. It’s fun and great to see all the costumed kids with their families having such a great time.”

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