Michael J. Fox, upon receiving the Maurice N. Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award, spoke about his own journey with Parkinson’s disease, about creating his foundation, and about how it is so difficult to move scientific research from an idea toward a cure.
Words of wisdom from Mr. Fox:
On Parkinson’s disease: It’s a gift. (On reflection he said) It’s a gift that keeps on taking.
If you contemplate the worst case scenario and it happens, you have lived it twice.
God gave us hands and feet and brains. We need to use them.
Some suggest that Stem Cell research must not occur because embryos are life. Jews think differently. We believe that life begins after the fetus leaves the body. According to Judaism, an embryo is not a fetus. It is not life. Judaism supports stem cell research. Jews believe that the government should not limit Stem Cell research, even on embryos.