In remembrance of the tragedy of 9/11 and in the spirit of volunteerism and heroism that marked that day, actor Michael J. Fox is doing his part to help victims of the event.
Fox and numerous other celebrities are taking part in Charity Day organized by the Cantor Fitzgerald financial firm which lost 658 employees in the 2001 attacks. The intent of the day is to turn this day of remembrance and reflection into an opportunity to give back to those who most need it.
“This is not necessarily a somber event; I think this is more of a celebration, a celebration of humanity, and an acknowledgement of the needs of the people in the community,” Fox explained. “On a day when so many were affected by so few in such a negative way, it’s a great way for so few … to help the wider community in kind of reverse — the energy of that day, the negative energy of that day, with a positive show of support for the community.”
In addition to benefitting 9/11 victims and their families, numerous other altruistic non-profit organizations will be greatly assisted by the charity event. The actor's own Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is one of many, for which Fox is grateful. “A lot of the needs were met of the people who were affected that day as much as they could be met beyond the lasting feelings that go on forever … the fact that it as an impetus to branch out and to help other people in other communities and continue the spirit of generosity, of humanity, I think was really key in moving forward,” Fox said.