On December 9, 2010, I shared the story of Larry Smith (207 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Ride with Larry Needs Our Support), a retired police captain who will be cycling across the state of South Dakota to raise awareness and funding for Parkinson disease. This incredible story will become a documentary film for Parkinson’s Disease, and it was made possible totally through charitable contributions!
At 6:30 am this morning, Larry started his ride across South Dakota. It was a rainy day for his first day out, but I have a feeling there is nothing that will dampen the spirits of Larry or his team. Larry will complete his trip across the state on June 25th and you can follow his journey on Facebook at Ride With Larry.
Larry is not just any cyclist. He has been living with Parkinson’s disease for almost twenty years. Larry will ride across the state of South Dakota to raise awareness about the benefits of recumbent tricycles in combating and mitigating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Larry also, like my husband, wants to inspire others who are living with a challenging disease to stay active and to live life to it’s fullest! Do you think Geoffrey and Larry have a few things in common? I would love to get these two guys together for an evening after Larry finishes his ride and after Geoffrey climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro next month! Can you just imagine listening to their conversation?
Ride with Larry is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA). The informative documentaries are funded totally by charitable donations. The original goal for Ride With Larry was $50,000, and to date almost $63,000 has been raised. Here is how the funds will be spent to help raise awareness for Pd and to provide additional research that could benefit so many!
1. Film Larry in South Dakota this February to document his winter training & begin his video blogs
2. Travel to Europe to film two very important research studies
3. Interview geneticists studying Parkinson’s and collecting 10,000 genetic samples of Parkinson’s patients
4. Interview Larry’s neurosurgeon in San Francisco
5. Travel to states such as Ohio, Georgia, New York, Connecticut and more to film doctors and researchers that are working on curing Parkinson’s and improving lives
6. Find the youngest person with Parkinson’s
7. Travel to South Dakota this May & June to follow Larry as he rides across his state
8. Many more interviews with experts, spokespersons, and patients in the Parkinson’s field.
To learn more about the Ride With Larry project visit the following link. Ride With Larry – A Parkinson’s Documentary Film
Meet the Ride With Larry Team
Ricardo Villarreal and Katie Villarreal are a husband and wife team who are passionate about projects that make a positive impact. Past film credits include The Dominguez (2010), a documentary about the history of Los Angeles and California, which aired on PBS Los Angeles (KCET).
Andrew and Matt Rubin are a sibling team. Andrew is a screenwriter, producer, director, and editor in both documentaries and narratives. Andrew has produced and directed six films that have premiered in various film festivals. Andrew Rubin graduated from New York University’s Tisch Film School.
Matt Rubin’s experience spans from acquisitions Manager at First Look Studios to development and production at Beacon Pictures and Jack Freedman Productions. At First Look Studios Matt bought movies for distribution and traveled to festivals and markets such as Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca and participated in the acquisition of over forty films.
The Parkinson’s community is made up of some pretty amazing people, don’t you think? We are so lucky to have the Ride With Larry Team creating this amazing film that will reach so many people across many countries. In the end, more than five million people could benefit from this project as each new person learns more about PD, and each donation made along the way, takes us one step closer to profound research and a cure.
Larry – Geoffrey and I are humbled by your courage – we also ride bikes and covering the miles you will span, in the number of days you will do this, would be no easy task (even if it weren’t raining)! Our prayers are with you each mile of your amazing journey! We cannot wait to see the coverage of you crossing the finish line on June 25th, and we really look forward to seeing the film when it is completed. Travel safely friend!
Much love and many prayers for your safe journey!
Pam & Geoff