Back in 1991, Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson\u2019s disease. While some understandably confront such such information privately, Fox went on to put a face to the condition and became an advocate for his peers and further research. His efforts will see him honored with the AARP Purpose Prize Award for Parkinson\u2019s research. According to its website, the AARP Purpose Prize honors \u201cextraordinary people ages 50 and older who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all\u201d and recognizes those who \u201cdedicated their lives to serving others in creative and innovative ways.\u201d The AARP Purpose Prize recognizes Michael J. Fox\u2019s dedication to Parkinson\u2019s research and advocacy Michael J. Fox became both a face for Parkinson's disease and a huge backer of research \/ \u00a9 Columbia\/courtesy Everett Collection Michael J. Fox has been backing Parkinson\u2019s research for some three decades, and the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson\u2019s research, founded in 2000, gave him a focused way to channel this mission. To date, it has $1 billion globally for relevant research. This is a significant contributing factor to Fox, a famous and persistent face for the disease, receiving the AARP Purpose Prize. RELATED: Michael J. Fox Talks About His Toughest Times With Parkinson\u2019s Disease The award celebrates those who \u201cgive back, tackle societal issues,\u201d and CEO Jo Ann Jenkins noted \u201cDuring these trying times in our country and globally, we are inspired to see people use their life experiences to build a better future for us all.\u201d Rewarding generosity with generosity His foundation will receive a donation for winning the AARP Purpose Prize Award \/ Photo Credit: Theresa Shirriff\/AdMedia \/ ImageCollect Fox is joined by five other extraordinary advocates, and the reward is not just in name, or a one-time plaque. Instead, this award puts forth a $50,000 donation to his foundation. Additionally, on December 15, AARP plans on donating $10,000 to previous honorees\u2019 organizations. According to Outsider, winners of the AARP Purpose Prize also become eligible for their newest honor, the AARP Inspire Award. Fox will be honored during a virtual ceremony on December 15, when winners receive their awards. Next, the public has a chance to vote on the recipient of the Inspire Award; this winner will receive an additional $10,000 for their respective organization. Congratulations to all who made it this far! Fox stepped back from acting due to his Parkinson's battle \/ Photo by: John Nacion\/starmaxinc.com \/ ImageCollect RELATED: Meet Michael J. Fox\u2019s Family \u2014 His Grown Up Son Looks Just Like Him!