NEW YORK Michael J. Fox is doing his part to make the anniversary of 9/11 about helping others.
The actor is spending Tuesday participating in the Cantor Fitzgerald's Charity Day, along with a host of other celebrities. Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial firm that lost 658 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, has marked the anniversary of that day by raising funds for charities; this year, more than 100 are expected to benefit.
"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 said in a phone interview Monday. "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."
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research is among the day's beneficiaries. Fox has been afflicted by the disease for years, is a strong supporter of stem cell research and has lobbied in Washington in his battle to eradicate Parkinson's.
"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.