… whom I met a few years ago.
…whom knows no limit to what he can accomplish.
…whom has inspired me and countless others through his willingness to live life to the fullest.
…whom will change your life forever when you meet him and hear him share what living with Parkinson’s Disease is all about and what he has done to limit its insidious quest to slow him down.
…and his name is John Ball. He is a man living with Parkinson’s Disease. He is an advocate. He is a marathoner. He is relentless.
In our day and age, heroes are over-rated and the term hero is loosely used to represent someone in the sports and entertainment arena. My heroes are not over-rated because, as Christopher Reeve said, and I truly believe is the real definition, “a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”.
When you meet and visit with John, you’ll meet a modest man. He’ll share his activities through the years, not to brag, but merely to explain that despite living with Parkinson’s Diseases for over two decades, he is still going strong with no thought of slowing down anytime soon. Carol Walton, CEO of the Parkinson Alliance (the umbrella organization responsible for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, Team Parkinson, and DBS4PD.org) has often shared that she takes John wherever she can and shares his story because he is such an inspiration.
I’m honored to have met this man on my journey because he has shown me what it means to be humble, giving without counting the cost, leading by example, and not giving up.
There’s this man… whom I’ve been blessed to come to know as a friend.