Bill Bucklew

Chief Innovation Officer The Pampered Chef


 

Bill lives with his Wife of 20 years Heidi and their two children Madeleine (15) and Evan (13) in Wilmette IL.

Bill is the Chief Innovation Officer for The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, where he leads the development of their consumer solutions.

In 2005 Bill experienced an increasing tightness in the right side of his body, which, after 7 years of exhaustive medical reviews ultimately led to the diagnoses in 2012 of Parkinson’s disease, Bill was 43 years old. Bill’s father Bob was subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014 and the family believes his paternal grandfather may have also had the disease, however this was never officially confirmed.

In 2017 Bill formed the Not for Profit UnCorked Adventures who’s mission is “to help people with Parkinson’s Disease make the most out of life, while we work together to find a cure.”

UnCorked’s first event, which had Bill walking coast to coast across America finding one person each day with a connection to Parkinson’s, almost didn’t happen, as some of the worlds foremost experts strongly advised Bill he couldn't physically do it, eventually withdrawing their support altogether. Despite this, Bill pushed ahead on his own, and successfully completed the trek on January 31st, 2018, in 67 days, averaging 40 miles per day, without a break, raising significant $ for Parkinson’s research & driving incredible awareness, reaching over 20 million people through 50+ television/media interviews.

Bill has had the great honor of sharing his story and philosophy of being OK to Fail, as a way to determine one’s real potential, with audiences around the world. He continues to share these lessons through competing in athletic challenges, speaking engagements, and he even gave a Tedx talk on the topic.

Through his journey of living with Parkinson’s disease, Bill discovered the positive effects that regular exercise has had on his symptoms and overall quality of life.

Since his diagnosis, Bill has attempted to inspire & help others through his own endeavors, completing a 5 year bio-marker initiative called PPMI, completing 14 marathons, the Dopey challenge in Disney, 8 triathlons, including a full Ironman, a Nordic Ski Marathon, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, several ultra-marathons and much more. Bill will be competing in the Boston, Chicago and New York Marathons in 2019.

Bill is also pushing the vanguard of applied medical science, leading a joint development team of scientists, industry professionals and participants with Parkinson’s to develop a unique wellness program to educate, engage and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.

UnCorked & Bill are currently planning several fundraising and awareness initiatives intended to bring existing organizations together, pursuant to their mission.