updated 11/14/2011 AT 11:30 AM ET
•originally published 11/14/2011 AT 3:45 PM ET
He made his name on the ’80s show Family Ties, but Michael J. Fox’s real relative connections were with him in New York at Saturday night’s annual “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s” for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
At the event with the actor, 50, and his wife, Tracy Pollan, were their children: Sam, 22, and twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, 16.
“It’s been an amazing ride,” Fox, who refuses to let Parkinson’s define him, said of his work with the foundation. “It took me a while to get that life is filled with wonderful possibilities, and when I did, it just exploded, so many good things started to happen.”
The benefit also drew some all-star supporters, including Fox’s recent Good Wife costars Julianna Marguiles, Matt Czuchry and Archie Panjabi, as well as husband and wife John Cusimano and Rachael Ray, and the comedians John Oliver and Ricky Gervais.
Said Pollan, 51: “There’s no way we could have looked forward 10 years ago and seen where we are” today.