When my dear friends Ricardo and Katie told me about their new film project I knew it was something I wanted to support, and when Ricardo offered to write a guest post about it for Global Patriot I jumped at the chance!
Ricardo Villarreal is a documentary filmmaker in San Diego, CA currently co-directing Ride With Larry. He also directed The Dominguez (2010), a feature documentary about the history of Los Angeles and California.
One of the many signs that make me believe the world is headed in the right direction are the great examples of global patriots – those individuals whose actions and great attitude towards life are a source of inspiration to many and bring positive change to the world.
“If you love life, and have a life that you love, you’ll fight for it.” -Betty Smith
One such example is the powerful story of Larry Smith, a retired police captain, now a small town baker in South Dakota, who has had Parkinson’s disease for the last 20 years. His remarkable spirit is uplifting and, despite his condition, has had a remarkable impact in his town of Vermillion, and beyond.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s yet, Larry doesn’t give up. He fights every day to live the best life he can and enriches the lives of everyone he touches. It’s his courage and tenacity that helps him battle Parkinson’s in the best possible way: staying active and positive.
Larry’s daily bike rides have had such an incredible impact on both his mind and body that he has decided it’s time to spread the message. Together with his family and community, Larry will ride across South Dakota in the spring of 2011 pushing his limits and expanding the boundary of possibilities for those with Parkinson’s disease.
Each leg of Larry’s journey will be filmed for a documentary, Ride with Larry. Weaved amongst this narrative will be an intimate portrait of the everyday battle against Parkinson’s, the voice therapy, exercise routine, medications, treatments, and the community love that makes it all possible and worthwhile.
This documentary is being made because, as filmmakers, we want to make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease, their family members, and caretakers. Beyond Parkinson’s disease, anyone facing a life altering illness can find inspiration in Ride with Larry.
We invite you to be a part of this important cause which will help improve the lives of people around the world. Make a donation, join Ride With Larry on Facebook, follow on Twitter @RideWithLarry, or visit the Ride With Larry Movie website!
Learn more about Ride with Larry and how you can help make this powerful project a reality at the link below, then go out and spread the message!