John M. Baumann inspires and helps real people to live their lives to the fullest, and even embrace their life-changing event, with the goal of uncovering their life’s purpose (JohnBaumann.com).
In 2002, at 41 years old, working as the top attorney for a public company, John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and, in 2008, had to give up the full-time practice of law, a profession that he absolutely loved. He has since become a living example of what embracing any life-changing event via a team approach, exercise, healthy living, positive attitude, and uncovering one’s purpose can actually improve one’s quality of life.
One of the first actions John took to educate himself about the disease was to attend the World Parkinson Congress in 2006 in Washington DC, where his doctor, Irene Litvan, was a presenter. After that, John attended advocacy training in New Jersey put on by the National Parkinson’s Foundation. He has also attended, presented an abstract at, and conducted a renewal room workshop on, maintaining a positive attitude at the World Parkinson Congress in Montreal in 2013. John, and his wife, Bernadette, plan on attending and, if asked, be a presenter at the World Parkinson Congress in Portland in 2016.
John has served as a Parkinson’s Action Network representative in 2013 and 2016 in Washington DC. John was the Chair and highest fundraiser for the NPF Phoenix Moving Day in 2015. Over the years, he has attended NPF Moving Days in New York City (Unity Walk), Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Columbus (OH), Denver, Washington DC, Tucson, Long Beach, and Orlando.
John is a Michael J. Fox Foundation Ambassador and made a presentation to his research team in New York City. He was also on 3 panels moderated by Dave Iverson in the Partners in Parkinson’s series in St. Louis and Tampa.
From 2005 until 2014, John taught law at the College of Business at the University of Louisville to over 1,000 undergraduates, many of whom who went on to law school and consider him still to be a mentor. John has served as an example of embracing…