Jarvis said she researched her disease, formed connections with those in the same situation as herself and found a purpose — fundraising for Parkinson’s research.
“We all face devastation in our lives. Education, connections, owning the situation and contributing can lead to a new sense of purpose,” she said.
Later, during Session Three, OU professor Irvin Wagner performed on the trombone with one shoe off and Kevin Carroll, author of “The Rules of the Red Rubber Ball,” had all attendees jump out of their seats, go outside and play foursquare.
Carroll said although play might not be able to solve every world problem, he had seen it have an impact on many things, such as gender roles and discrimination.
“A ball can change the world,” he said.
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