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Actor Michael J. Fox humorously reacts to University of British Columbia honorary degree

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VANCOUVER – A Canadian actor this week received an honorary degree from a metro Vancouver university and reacted, unsurprisingly, with humor.

Michael J. Fox is a graduate of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University.

In a video post to the 2021 class, he said he really doesn’t deserve it.

“I’m a high school dropout, and the closest I’ve ever gotten to Simon Fraser University was parking at the lookout with my girlfriend on a Saturday night,” he joked.

He also teased the class, saying they had chosen a “really bad time to graduate”.

Fox warned them that the road ahead would be difficult, but “we need people to take this road and take us in new directions.”

The school wrote that the award-winning television and film actor is a “tireless advocate in the fight to cure Parkinson’s disease” through his foundation.

Fox, who has Parkinson’s disease, has spoken openly about his diagnosis and the challenges associated with it.

The disease is progressive and affects movement, often starting with tremors. It affects people differently, but memory problems, depression, constipation, stiffness, slowness, and balance issues are all possible.,

According to its foundation, more than six million people live with Parkinson’s disease worldwide. The charity aims to raise funds, encourage people to participate in research, and advocate for people with the disease.

Fox was one of 13 people who received an honorary degree from SFU this year.

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