Benjamin Stecher – Canada
Benjamin Stecher was born in Nairobi, Kenya as an Israeli to Jewish parents from Poland but grew up just outside Toronto, Canada. He studied history and philosophy at the University of Guelph, but as soon as he got his BA he took off and went to live and work as a teacher in South Korea for nearly three years while traveling the world.
He moved to Shanghai, China at 26, spending one year at Jiao Tong University in a Chinese language program before being hired by Chinese education company, San Li. He rose quickly to become a managing partner where his duties included: overseeing operations at branches throughout South East China, developing curriculum, teacher training, parent relations, while teaching SAT and world history classes.
Benjamin was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at 29. He left China at 32 to learn how to better manage this disease and see what future therapies were on the horizon. He is now a prolific author and is actively involved in PD research advocacy. He is the founder of Tomorrow Edition (tmrwedition.com), co-founder of the Parkinson's Research Advocacy Group (prag.site), patient advisor to the World Parkinson's Congress and the Ontario Brain Institute, as well as blogger for the Journal of Parkinson's.
Learn more about Benjamin at his blog.