ABC News(NEW YORK) — Michael J. Fox made movie history wearing “really space age” shoes as Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part 2. Now fans of the movie have another chance to win the self-lacing Nike Mag shoes while supporting a cause near and dear to Fox.
Fox’s The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has teamed up again with Nike to offer fans a $10 chance to win a pair of Mags. All proceeds from the lottery will benefit Fox’s foundation.
“People who love sneakers and people who love Back to the Future, it’s like a perfect storm,” Fox, 55, said Tuesday on Good Morning America. “In 2011, Nike put up 1,500 pairs for auction and it raised $10 million for the foundation.”
He added, “There was a big demand for the shoes so now there’s a lottery.”
The Back to the Future and Family Ties star was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991. Seven years later, he revealed to the world that he was battling the disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder of the nervous system that has no known cure.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has funded over $650 million in Parkinson’s disease research since 2000.
Fox said he realized there was a “a huge knot to untie” when he first started the foundation, but now research is quickly advancing.
“We threw chum out into the water, all different areas of research … and now the big fish are starting to come up,” he said. “Big drug companies are starting to follow our lead on compounds we’ve targeted and we’ve had follow-on funding.”
Fox said much of the progress is focused on wearable technology to help personalize each patient’s treatment.
“You’re getting a much more complete picture about the life of a person with Parkinson’s,” Fox said about technology like watches and devices that allow the disease to be tracked 24-7. “The thing about Parkinson’s is everyone has their own version of it so what we’re doing with research is trying to attack whatever issue you may have.”
You can enter the lottery to win a pair of Nike Mags by donating $10 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (HERE). The lottery, which will be awarding less than 100 pairs of the sneakers, runs through Oct. 11, 2016.
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