Archive for October, 2010

John Baumann comments on Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Conference on Clinical Trial Reseach

Friday, October 29th, 2010

John Baumann, The Inspiring Esquire, provides inspiration to others with life-changing medical conditions, their family caregivers and all professional caregivers.

Louisville Parkinson’s invites John Baumann to Present Closing Call to Action

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

John Baumann, Proud Person with Parkinsons, will be presenting “Reclaiming Posi-spective: The Power of Positive” as the Closing Call to Action at the Living Well with Parkinson’s Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky on November 15, 2010.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Invites John Baumann to Conference

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

For Immediate Release
Contact: Melissa Barry
Phone: (212) 923-4700

Louisville, Kentucky Resident Attends Parkinson’s Research Advocacy Program

New York, NY, October 21, 2010 — Local resident John Baumann is participating in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) Clinical Research Learning Institute (CRLI) this week in New Jersey.  He joins 40 other people living with Parkinson’s disease to learn about ways to contribute to new treatments and help find a cure for the disease.

Mr. Baumann was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was 41.  A practicing attorney for 23 years, he was inspired to change his life after his diagnosis.  He began teaching undergraduates at the University of Louisville, which he found to be more personally rewarding. He also founded, an inspirational speaking and consulting business.  Because of his experience with Parkinson’s, he often focuses his inspirational talks on the role of the family in adjusting to illness and on the power of a positive attitude.

Mr. Baumann hopes that his talks serve to raise awareness for Parkinson’s and inspire others to take action.  He says that his training in clinical research advocacy will be the next step in this work.  At the Learning Institute, he will attend three days of courses, led by national experts, who will cover topics such as ‘the basics of clinical research’ and discuss the new therapies that are being studied by scientists to treat Parkinson’s.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish by attending the Learning Institute, Mr. Baumann emphasized his goal of bringing any lessons learned back home to Louisville.  “I want to be trained to become an advocate because there is awareness needed about Parkinson’s clinical trials, not only on the national level, but also in my community.  I hope to work with people with Parkinson’s in Louisville to ensure that we all have access to the latest research information and to spread the word about the importance of volunteering for trials, so that we can find new treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s as quickly as possible.”

Executive Director Robin Elliott said, “The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation believes that inclusion of the perspective and experiences of people with Parkinson’s has the potential to benefit the clinical research process and therapies development. We are committed to providing the tools and resources necessary to make this happen – in the hope that the Clinical Research Learning Institute provides the foundation for these motivated consumers to become engaged and involved in a process that directly impacts their current quality of life and strives to find a cure for this debilitating disease.”

For more information about Mr. Baumann’s work or the Clinical Research Learning Institute please contact PDF at (800) 457-6676 or or visit

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by funding promising scientific research to find the causes of and a cure for Parkinson’s while supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through educational programs and support services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $85 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world and has dedicated over $34 million to support people with Parkinson’s and their families and caregivers through its educational and advocacy programs.

At the heart of PDF’s work is the participation of people with Parkinson’s.  Whether it is through its People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, which advises PDF on all aspects of its work, or the Clinical Research Learning Institute, which trains people with PD to play a part in clinical research – the perspective of people living with Parkinson’s ensures that PDF’s work is on target and meets the needs of the community.

About the Clinical Research Learning Institute

The PDF Clinical Research Learning Institute is a novel three-day program that prepares people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to be part of the clinical research process – the stage of treatment development that brings new, and much-needed, therapies for Parkinson’s from “bench to bedside.”   The Learning Institute was launched in 2008, based on the premise that all too often, the perspectives and experiences of people with Parkinson’s are excluded from the decision-making that advances new therapies.  Graduates from the Learning Institute are prepared to return to their home communities to engage in a range of activities that include educating the community about the importance of clinical research and study participation and serving on clinical study oversight and advisory committees.

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Monday, October 25th, 2010

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Monday, October 25th, 2010

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Inspirational Presentation: Reclaiming Posi-spective – Becoming a Proud Person with Parkinsons

Friday, October 15th, 2010

John Baumann, The Inspiring Esquire, inspires others to reclaim a positive perspective in spite of the curve ball throw at them in the form of a life changing medical condition of themselves or a loved one. Presented to 150 attendees including care receivers and care givers both professional and family members. Comments: One person said “John Baumann was special” and another said that “the addition of John Baumann was wonderful.”

Parkinsons Conference – Inspirational Reclaiming Posi-spective

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Good morning Mr. Baumann,
Thank you very much for speaking at our patient seminar. I think that your talk was very well received.
We only got back 15 evaluation forms, but of those 15, 3 people list your talk as their favorite part of the seminar. One person said “John Baumann was special” and another said that “the addition of John Baumann was wonderful.”
Thanks again for participating and helping us present a successful seminar!

Allyson Anapolsky
University of Louisville
Department of Neurology
Division of Movement Disorders
Phone: (502) 852-3655
Fax: (502) 852-1990

Testimonial on Learn Success Today for John Baumann The Inspiring Esquire by a college lacrosse star

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Shootin’ It With Bergan

Second edition of Bergan Foley’s Blog

Sept. 3, 2010

Hello! Much has happened in the past week here with the Louisville lacrosse team! As soon as classes started, we jumped right into our fitness and lift testing. Early morning on Wednesday, we tested our mile which went really well! Freshman Nikki “the BOLT” Boltja set a new record time, which I’m hesitant to say because we want her to stay on the lacrosse team, and not be recruited by track. Later that day, the team tested in our squats, bench and cleans in hopes to reach our personal bests. Sophomore Meg McCarthy took the crown on PB’s by beating all her weights and measurements from last year, helping her summer team get a nice lead in our competitions.

Friday night was our first ever “Cards Dine In!” The seniors and freshmen got together and ordered in some pizza at the Yum! Center, got to know each other and talked about funny memories from year’s past. They soon learned how goofy our team is and that there is no limit to our weirdness. The sophomores and juniors went to Bardstown Road to a local favorite pizza spot and enjoyed a nice meal. Overall, it was a great way to get closer and start the fall!

After doing well on our fitness tests, we received some sweet Adidas gear, including our practice t-shirts that read “Pay the Price” in bold on the back. This saying, “Pay the Price” comes from a great book the whole team read over the summer, titled “Training Camp” by Jon Gordon. One thing our team has realized is that our work ethic this fall will reflect our success this spring and in the future and we need to “pay the price” or “do the work” to get there.

In order to continue to get into the correct mindset for the fall, we had a guest speaker come educate us on the ways to achieve the goals that we desire. John Baumann, a professor here at the University and a huge lacrosse fan, helped us set goals and taught us how to maintain focus in order to achieve them.

This week, we started agilities and conditioning as a team, focusing on our defensive footwork and slides. Next week, we have our first practice on Monday! I know the freshmen and veterans can’t wait to start playing with a stick again and have fall ball start!