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Michael J. Fox  appears in an undated promotional photo provided by NBC. - Provided courtesy of NBC

Michael J. Fox helps raise money at 9/11 charity event

09/11/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Michael J. Fox is spending the 11th anniversary of 9/11 on Tuesday participating in Cantor Fitzgerald's Charity Day, which helps raise funds for several charities. Fox's own charity, Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to Parkinson's research, is one of the beneficiaries of the event.

Fox, who is just one of many celebrities participating at the event, told The Associated Press, "On a day when so many were affected by so few in such a negative way, it's a great way for so few ... to help the wider community in kind of reverse - the energy of that day, the negative energy of that day, with a positive show of support for the community."

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the largest private funder of Parkinson's disease research worldwide.

Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial firm, lost 658 employees during the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The company has marked the anniversary of 9/11 by raising funds for charities each year.

"A lot of the needs were met of the people who were affected that day as much as they could be met beyond the lasting feelings that go on forever," Fox told the wire service. "The fact that it as an impetus to branch out and to help other people in other communities and continue the spirit of generosity, of humanity, I think was really key in moving forward."

Fox is set to return to television in a new sitcom loosely based on his life set to air on NBC. The show was given a 22-episode commitment and is set to premiere during the Fall 2013 season.

On the show, Fox will play a husband and father of three kids from New York City who tries to deal with family, career and Parkinson's disease. The show will be a single-camera series and will begin filming this year.

"I'm really excited about that," Fox told The Associated Press in the recent interview about the show. "It's a great idea and it's a great group of people I'm working with and NBC has been really supportive of the idea ... and obviously shown that they're willing to take a chance on us."

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