ST. PAUL, Minn. - The debut of the "Michael J. Fox Show" Thursday night is receiving a lot of attention, especially for those who live with Parkinson 's disease.
In the show, Fox plays a television news anchor who battles the disease, a storyline similar to his own.
"It's great that he's showing that it's okay to go out and about," said Cynthia Entzel, who was diagnosed in 1995. "The more we do that, the more normal we become."
The show is inspiring staff and patients at the Capistrant Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul to throw a viewing party.
"We're hosting a party to watch his return to T.V.," says therapist Erin McGee. "We all understand the struggles of Parkinson's."
Dr. Capistrant battles the disease himself and also treats those who have been diagnosed. He says Fox has helped put Parkinson's on the map and this show will advance awareness and research.
"Treatment has improved in the last 30 years, but we're not there yet," he says. "We're not at the point where we can stop the degeneration of nerve cells that lead to the disease."
The "Michael J. Fox Show" airs Thursday night at 8 p.m.
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