As we recognize the 50th anniversary tour of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the prevalence of Essential Tremor (ET) and Parkinson's Disease (PD) among some of the most renowned figures of our time.
The list of famous people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease includes notable figures such as award-winning actor Michael J. Fox and NBA power forward Brian Grant, both of whom have used their platforms to raise awareness about the condition. In July 2018, Brian Grant even established the Brian Grant Foundation to improve the well-being of those living with Parkinson's.
Similarly, Ozzy Osbourne and Alan Alda have publicly shared their battles with Parkinson's. Alda, an award-winning actor known for his role in MAS*H, revealed his diagnosis in 2018. Osbourne, the legendary rock star, announced his condition in early 2020, describing it as a "death sentence" due to the lack of a known cure.
Essential Tremor also affects many in the public eye. Renowned singer Linda Ronstadt revealed her diagnosis in 2013, which unfortunately ended her singing career. However, she continues to live a fulfilling life, demonstrating that one can still thrive despite such a diagnosis.
Perhaps the most famous person with ET is former President Bill Clinton. Often mistaken for having PD due to visible hand tremors, Clinton clarified in a 2013 press conference that he actually has ET.
Interestingly, Charles Schulz, creator of the beloved Peanuts cartoons, also suffered from ET. The characteristic squiggly lines in his drawings were a creative way of incorporating his unsteady hand into his work.
It's inspiring to see how these influential figures have navigated life with ET or PD, reminding us all that these conditions don't define us. Both conditions are the focus of significant research efforts, such as those led by the Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, established by Michael J. Fox.
In the sports world, the Portland Trail Blazers' Brian Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2008. He has since established the Brian Grant Foundation to provide resources for those living with the condition.
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