Ryan Reynolds Asks For Parkinson's Donations After Father's Death

By Aaron Brophy 10/30/15 | www.samaritanmag.com

James Reynolds with his son Ryan — photo credit: Ryan Reynolds Twitter
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds is asking people to consider donating to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research in the memory of his late father, James C. Reynolds.

James died on Oct. 25 in a White Rock, B.C. hospital at age 74. He had been battling Parkinson's disease for close to two decades.

Ryan, whose film credits include X-Men Origins Wolverine, Blade: Trinity and Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, tweeted out the request to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation on Oct. 28 with the message "RIP Pops. James C. Reynolds. 1941-2015 If possible, please donate/support: http://www.michaeljfox.org" along with a photo of his father holding him while he was a baby.

Supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation isn't new for Ryan. He's been working with the organization since 2008 and is a board member for the organization.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation was founded in 2000 by fellow Canadian actor and Parkinson's sufferer Michael J. Fox to focus on advanced and aggressive research techniques to combat the disease. A degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system, Parkinson's symptoms include persistent tremors, compromised movement, impaired balance and things like speech, cognition and mood disorders. There's no cure for Parkinson's.

"Our team works tirelessly every day with one urgent goal in mind," the mission statement on the Foundation's website explains. "Accelerating breakthroughs patients can feel in their everyday lives. We strive to make progress in the following key areas by evaluating risk, opportunities, and challenges through a patient-focused lens:

* Speed treatments that can slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s disease
* Speed better treatments for the currently unaddressed or under-addressed symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
* Speed treatments to address or avoid the debilitating side effects of current Parkinson’s disease drugs

On Twitter Ryan's plea for support has received more than 1,500 retweets, nearly 5,000 favourites and a lengthy stream of support and condolence messages.

One supporter with the Twitter handle @livelyus responded, "I am going to help the foundation, this disease needs to be destroyed." Another, @ZactuNews, said, "I donated. I'm sad for u. Lost a parent is always heartbreaking at every age. Send u love." Meanwhile, @katiekatbc tweeted, "My condolences I worked Pacifica Sundays in Rec 2 yrs He showed me his film collection of U stories of childhood SO proud!" Ryan's tweet has generated numerous similar responses.

The also family made special mention of Peace Arch Hospital and its caregivers in James' obituary.

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