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This Man’s Parkinson’s Diagnosis Inspired Him to Help Others

Art giving new life

This time, Bartoo turned to music to get his message across.

“Music has always been uplifting to me; it’s so different, it really carries you away. If I didn’t have music, I don’t think I’d still be around.”

He composed a series of songs specifically about Parkinson’s and compiled them onto a CD, called, “Riding the Winds With Parkinson’s.” Bartoo hopes his songs will serve as a source of inspiration for people dealing with the disease, as well as their caregivers.

“I have a soft spot in my heart for caregivers; they do incredibly good work for other people,” he says.

Click on the links below to listen to two of the songs on “Riding the Winds With Parkinson’s”

Winds of Destiny
He’s Lost

All proceeds from the sale of Bartoo’s CD go to Parkinson’s research.

Bartoo has also undertaken the task of setting up a philanthropic website, called “Passport to a Better World.” He currently devotes hours each day to this initiative, but admits that his disease and lack of technical savvy is making it difficult to move forward with the project.

Anyone who is interested in helping Bartoo turn his ideas into reality, is encouraged to contact him at: robertbartoo@webtv.net

“Once it’s done, I’m hoping this project will bring a lot of joy and happiness. All my life, that’s what I’ve tried to do. I just get the biggest kick out of helping people.”

Meet Chip and Kathryn, two more Parkinson’s sufferers who found comfort and purpose in artistic pursuits: 3 People Turning Parkinson’s Into Inspiring Works of Art.

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8:55PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Parkinson's disease is no easy feat. Having someone who is going through this debilitating disease takes a lot as caregiver and friend. We can term it "a long goodbye"...since we see their suffering and limitations over the years... am so happy to hear that Mr. Bartoo was able to rise above the disease. Best wishes to you Mr. Bartoo.

8:59PM PDT on May 1, 2013

I AM a young women with cp and every day i do my best break stereotypes and help inspire others

5:20AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

thank you for sharing this

8:46PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing

6:56AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

thank you

5:53AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you AgingCare, for Sharing this!

5:29PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

good for him

11:09AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

What an incredibly inspiring and courageous man. His story should humble us all.

7:34AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Talk about making the best of a bad situation. Mr. Bartoo is an inspiration. There is nothing we can't do if we truly want to.

5:33PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

THE FIRST SONG ENTITLED '' WINDS OF DESTINY '' IS A BEAUTIFULLY MOVING SONG... KUDOS TO HIM AND HIS INSPIRING WORK.... UNFORTUNATELY NOT ALL PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY/ABILITY TO DO THE THINGS MR. BARTOO IS DOING... MANY ARE ELDERLY AND ARE LINGERING IN OLD AGE HOMES/NURSING HOMES... MOM IS ONE OF THEM; AT 93, HER PARKINSON'S IS SEVERE AND SHE CAN'T DO MUCH OF ANYTHING... I HAVE NEVER FELT SO MUCH GUT-WRENCHING ANGUISH IN MY LIFE, THAN WHEN I WITNESSED DAD DYING 2YEARS AGO,, AND NOW MOM'S DEBILITATING CONDITION... OLD AGE IS NOT FOR THE MEEK THAT'S FOR SURE... GOD BLESS ALL PEOPLE AFFLICTED WITH THIS, AND ALL OTHER LIFE- ALTERING CONDITIONS..

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