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Thursday September 13, 2012

NEW YORK -- Michael J. Fox did his part to make the anniversary of 9/11 about helping others.

The actor spent Tuesday participating in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day, along with 50 Cent, Edie Falco, Venus Williams, Eli Manning, former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani and a host of other luminaries. Cantor Fitz gerald, 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 ex pected to benefit from the day, which organizers say raised approximately $12 million.

"This is not necessarily a som ber event; I think this is more of a celebration, a celebration of hu manity, and an acknowledgement of the needs of the people in the community," Fox said.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research was 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 Š the fact that it was 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.