You Can't Make a Difference If You Don't Show Up

One of my favorite sayings back when I was working full time was "you can't make a difference if you don't show up."  That was my way of saying that if you're not at the table when people gather to make decisions, your ideas won't be represented.  Your chance to make a contribution will fall by the wayside.  I didn't want that to happen to Team Parkinson at the World Parkinson Congress, so I applied for a poster presentation.  I thought we had learned something that was worth sharing.  My message was that setting specific training goals helps people stay focused on exercise not as a chore, but as a tool for improvement.  It can also have a positive long-term impact on their quality of life.  Fortunately the poster session was approved and Team Parkinson was represented at the World Congress.

Now I can truthfully say that it has made a difference.  Here's a video of someone who attended the World Congress and discovered the secret of Team Parkinson's success…

Maggie Mullarney was being interviewed for Irish television before the Dublin Marathon last October. 

She completed the race in a bit over 6 hours, and was presented the inaugral Lord Mayor's medal by the mayor of Dublin.  Now she has started her own charity for Parkinson's disease.  She says "thanks for the inspiration."
 
By John Ball

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