Technology is quite a pervasive force in everyone's lives these days. Amidst eBay, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, eTrade, online maps, Navigation systems, Expedia and real-time news, lies the potential to harness the power of the internet and all the information within its grasp, for something really personal and quite noble. The power to directly improve the quality of people's lives.
One specific example of this is Parkinson's disease. The bittersweet circumstance of celebrities that have been diagnosed and afflicted with the disease include Muhammad Ali, Billy Graham and Michael J Fox. Ironically, it is specifically these people that have resources to dedicate to combat it by increasing awareness of its symptoms, the amount of information available about it; and most importantly, funding to leverage technology for research in the hope of finding its cure... for everyone.
The most effective way to visualize Parkinson's Disease is to simply put a face on it, namely, a recognizable face. Originally diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1991, Michael J Fox publicly declared his adversity in 1998. Since that time, he has literally immersed and committed himself toward finding a cure for the deadly disease. Most notably, he helped to establish the Michael J Fox Foundation in 2000, an organization dedicated to funding not just research for PD, but results. For those people who may not be familiar with Michael J Fox, quotes from two famous people will paint a clear picture of him and his incurable optimistic attitude toward life:
- "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog" Mark Twain
- "Dont let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" John Wooden
In the battle to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease, just this week a company named Marvell, has created a computer the size of an electrical plug that may help people with Parkinson's Disease by monitoring and storing critical medical and health information that can be shared with doctors across the internet. The device is called "The Plug Computer".
Watch a recent interview of Michael J Fox on ABC-Good Morning America:
To Learn More about Parkinson's Disease:
- Parkinson's Disease: Life After the Diagnosis of a Loved One
- National Parkinson Foundation
- Healing Well: Parkinson's
- Parkinson's Resource Organization