John Schlife was born in 1946 and was raised on a farm between Chester and Hubbell down by the Nebraska/Kansas state line.
John was in his mid 50's when he was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that tested his optimistic attitude toward life.
John has written a number of books promoting wellness lifestyles and he is a very accomplished runner, "My claim to fame is that I started and finished 98 marathons."
John moved back from Alaska to Nebraska when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2000.
Kathleen Grossman is the owner of Down Under Pottery in Lincoln and she says, "We got to know him more and more and found out how amazing he is."
Kathleen was there for John when he was starting to feel the effects of Parkinson's, "We fell in love with John immediately and he's become part of our family and very important to us."
This 73-year-old has a hard time putting into words the gratitude that he feels toward Kathleen, "I thank her every time I'm here."
If you'd like to purchase one of John and Kathleen's bowls and support the Food Bank of Lincoln, join them on May 28th at the 17th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon at Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln.
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