Muhammad Ali might be one of the most recognized athletes in American history, but his contribution to fighting Parkinson’s disease was one of his most respected accomplishments in the last 30 years. Ali was diagnosed with the disease at the young age of 42 after spending his early adult life in the boxing ring and winning 56 fights during his lifetime. His mobility began to decline and the athlete began to suffer from tremors and a masked face, which led to his diagnosis three years after he retired. Although the disease took its toll on Ali, it didn’t stop him from inspiring others with the disease and their Columbus, OH, in-home care providers to maintain a positive outlook.
Speaking Out Publicly
Although it could have been easy for Ali to hide behind his fame and accomplishments after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease once his health noticeably declined, he chose to speak out publicly. He made appearances in front of Congress alongside Michael J. Fox and even opened up the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ, in 1997. Today, the institute is a leading resource for movement and neurological disorders. His passion and drive to find a cure for the disease led Michael J. Fox to start his own organization to increase awareness of the condition, which has led to millions of dollars in fundraising. Both Ali and Fox also began to attend fundraisers and charity events together while using their celebrity status to spark compassion from the public.
Inspiring Others to Raise Awareness
Ali retired from boxing in 1981 but spent the following years raising over $100 million dollars for Parkinson’s disease research. His fundraising efforts have also caused his daughter, Maryum Ali, to team up with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to educate the public about the disease. She’s now following in her father’s footsteps after appearing in public service announcements and remaining outspoken about the AAN’s new clinical guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. This has allowed those who are suffering from Parkinson’s to remain hopeful for a cure and get the support they need.
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