By People Staff
December 29, 2008 12:00 PM


“In spite of the challenges he is facing, Michael J. Fox knows exactly what’s important in life”

Stacey LeBlanc

Gilbert, Ariz.

Many people have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but Michael J. Fox has shown the courage to talk about it. He could have quietly lived out his life, but he made the decision to share his experiences and struggles. His insights shine a spotlight on the need to cure this disorder. By putting a face on Parkinson’s, Michael is truly making a difference.

Kelly Rodono

Torrance, Calif.

Thank you for the inspiring story on Michael J. Fox’s ability to cope with Parkinson’s and enjoy his life. The article presented an honest and detailed picture of someone dealing with this terrible disease. Also, the love that Michael and Tracy feel for one another is apparent in the incredible photos.

Maryanne Richards

Carmel, Ind.

Growing up, my father was my biggest hero. Dad lost his 20-year battle with Parkinson’s about a year and a half ago. After reading your story about Michael J. Fox’s positive attitude and the research he is funding, I’m happy to say he is my new hero.

Gretchen Furlong

Farmville, Va.

It was a joy to read about Michael J. Fox’s zest for life. Times are tough, but we should all try to donate whatever we can to help find a cure for Parkinson’s.

Raquel Hanon-Boujo

via e-mail


What has happened to us that we think we can just sit back and watch someone die and not do anything about it? My heart aches for this young man, who was obviously reaching out in his last few hours while no one bothered to help him. Shame on all of us.

Kelly Decker

East Wenatchee, Wash.

After reading this article, I’m more disappointed in the human race than I ever thought possible. I can only wonder how the people who logged on and did nothing can sleep at night.

Shelley Magnuson

Colorado Springs, Colo.


As a person who has never weighed more than 110 lbs., it was refreshing to hear 90210 star Shenae Grimes talk about the same issues I’ve had to deal with. I appreciate her giving a voice to the many women who are naturally quite small. Thanks for showing the other side of the story.

Tara Huntley

Edwardsville, Ill.


Your wonderful story about the dynamic between a loving mother and her autistic son moved me to tears. During a time when most of us are worried about what gift we should give or receive for Christmas, Carole Eagleman is concerned about the most important thing in the world: the well-being of her child. This article made me see that family is what matters most—not only during the holidays, but all year round. I truly hope for the best for Carole and Jessie.

Kristina Zarbos

Baltimore, Md.


Many readers were inspired by the story of Mimi Ausland, the 12-year-old girl from Bend, Ore., who launched two trivia-based Web sites— and—to help animal shelters facing food short-ages. “It’s a great way to show kids they can do something for animals from home,” says Kristen Fuller of Wayland, Mass., who answers questions with her 7-year-old son Ryan. Now 9,000 more people are playing on Mimi’s Web sites daily, resulting in some 500 additional meals every day for homeless cats and dogs. Mimi is also working with National Geographic Kids to get other children involved through a network she calls Kibble Krusaders.