Green Lanterns are known for saving the galaxy on a daily basis. Fear entities? No problem. Robot invasion? Piece of cake! But what about helping out with the dangers closer to home?
In “Green Lantern,” actor Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a normal human being who’s chosen to fulfill a great duty for the universe. But that doesn’t mean he won’t come racing back to Earth if the planet is in need. Turns out, Reynolds is taking a page out of Hal’s book.
The actor is going public to raise funds and awareness for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. “Ryan is challenging YOU to help us reach 100,000 Facebook fans by the end of April,” according to the MJFF website. When it does, Reynolds will give $10,000 out of his own pocket to the cause.
Right now, the Facebook page is just shy of 23,000 “Likes.” With Reynolds exposure from “Green Lantern,” 100,000 should be an attainable goal.
“A dedicated supporter of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Ryan Reynolds sits on the MJFF Board of Directors,” says the site. “As a Team Fox Athlete he challenged himself to run his first marathon in 2008, raising over $100,000 for Parkinson’s research.”
Reynolds recently showed his star power at WonderCon in San Francisco where he spoke about the forthcoming "Justice League" project from Warner Bros.
“The fan in me thinks it’s fantastic. Of course you want to see all those iconic characters standing together in one room,” he told MTV News. “I would love to see it. But as far as being involved in it, I have nothing to do with it as of yet.”
Teaming up with the League to save the world will have to wait but you can team up with Reynolds to help cure Parkinsons now. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Reynolds ask you to “Like” the organization's Facebook page and encourage your friends to do the same.
“It’s an easy way to stay up to date with our activities to speed a cure, and you’ll be helping us meet Ryan’s challenge. Plus, you can share your story with the Foundation and our community of friends and supporters,” they said.
Click here now to "Like" The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
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