Article Praising Baumann’s Inspirational Presentation

November 25, 2015

On Saturday November 14th, residents of South Sarasota County gathered at the Heron Creek Golf and Country Club for the Neuro Challenge Foundation Distinguished Speakers event. In former years, the event was held once annually but has been increased to twice a year, to meet growing demand for the popular speakers and their practical and inspiring messages about life with Parkinson’s disease.

This year, Neuro Challenge presented Neurologist Dean P. Sutherland, MD, PhD, one of Florida’s top experts on Parkinson’s disease. He spoke about different strategies for effective communication in relationships, which can help in dealing with the unique challenges presented by Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Sutherland then gave the floor to Mr. John Bauman, inspirational/motivational speaker, former employment law attorney, and person with Parkinson’s disease. Having lived with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, for nearly 13 years, Bauman travels around the country to give inspirational talks, essentially road maps and testimonies to living ‘an amazing life with Parkinson’s.’ Attending also was his wife Bernadette, who is, according to his website, his ‘love, chef, workout partner, friend, and sidekick.’

Speaking about the importance of attitude, nutrition, and exercise, Bauman emphasized that although Parkinson’s is not something that people want, the right attitude and approach can transform the experience to create some positive outcomes. In Bauman’s case, a kinder attitude, an overall healthier lifestyle, and deliberate weight loss were some of the outcomes of his attitude towards life with Parkinson’s.

Guests, mainly residents of North Port, Venice, and Englewood also enjoyed a continental breakfast. Executive Director of Neuro Challenge, Judith L. Bell said about the two speakers, “John Bauman has captivated us once again, with his inspiring message. What we want is for all people who have Parkinson’s to live amazing lives and John is a brilliant example of this possibility. Dr. Sutherland always amazes me with his ability to present difficult topics in an understandable and humorous way. What an amazing pair!”

Carisa Campanella, South County Care Advisor was also on hand to present the speakers and greet guests, most of whom attend the different programs in the growing North Port office that she manages. Representatives from Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, the Sky Family YMCA, UCB, and AbbVie were also present with information on the many different patient help programs and services available to people with Parkinson’s. View event photos.


What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:

That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!

As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!

Thank you again,

Eden Feldman, LCSW Associate Director, Community

I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!

Patty CC Young and Dallas

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.