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January 6, 2020

Jack Quinn Profiled by Buffalo News

Jack Quinn, senior advisor for public and community relations, was recently profiled in the Buffalo News article “Jack Quinn’s Fight With Parkinson’s Inspires Others – and Could Do Much More."

“Jack Quinn didn’t want sympathy or, even worse, pity. That’s why, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago, he kept it quiet. Only his closest family members knew. His younger brother Jeff already had Parkinson’s, and though he was living a healthy, active life, Jeff told Jack that people sometimes treated him differently.

Jack Quinn, a former congressman and college president, didn’t want that. But you can’t hide Parkinson's––especially when you’re a public figure. So when Quinn finally decided to make his diagnosis public through a pair of stories last year in The Buffalo News, he chose to make it into something that, as a six-term congressman, he knew well: a campaign.

'If I talk about it, I can talk about the help that’s out there,’ Quinn said. ‘You can work with this. You can be productive. There’s no reason to keep it a secret.’”

Buffalo News subscribers can read the full article here.

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