Rinck’s President, Laura Davis, a four-time cancer survivor, is producing a documentary film called The Peloton Film. She’s working with Director, Ramsey Tripp, and Executive Producer Patrick Dempsey…yes, that Patrick Dempsey. Perhaps he’s known to many of you as “McDreamy” from Grey’s Anatomy. (That’s Patrick and Laura in the photo at right.)
The Peloton Project will follow nearly 40 cyclists on a 2,500 mile ride from Alberta, Calgary, Canada to Lewiston, Maine where they will participate in the Dempsey Challenge. Cyclists will complete the ride in just 10 days, cycling relay-style day and night. But, this documentary is much more than just a cycling event.
Woven throughout the team’s journey across North America will be stories of cancer survivors, caregivers, and of a patient just diagnosed. Cyclists will be paired up with these “cancer warriors” and will be riding in their honor. Along the route, the cyclists and survivors will have the chance to correspond via video chats, which will be broadcast on the film’s website: thepelotonfilm.com. The finish line to the film is the starting line for the Dempsey Challenge where the cyclists and warriors will meet in person for the first time. It’s sure to be an amazing journey and could be just the inspiration a cancer patient needs to give them the strength to get through their battle. Director Ramsey Tripp may have said it best when he said this documentary will share the stories of “real people with incredible stories told about their humble lives, challenges, and a commitment to move forward-sometimes charging, sometimes crawling, but finding the strength to advance.”
To get the documentary started, we’ve launched a Kickstarter project to raise $20,000. While the budget for the film will actually add up to more than $600,000, this grassroots effort is a way to demonstrate to potential corporate sponsors that we have a lot of people supporting this film.
Anyone can back the film at any amount that is comfortable for them…even $1! What other opportunity might someone have to say that they helped support a film alongside Patrick Dempsey?! Cool, huh?! The catch with Kickstarter, though, is that no money changes hands unless you reach your goal. In other words, we need to get more than $10,000 pledged from backers on Kickstarter by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 6 if we want to make this film a reality. Otherwise, we don’t get a penny.
Are you a Doctor McDreamy fan? I am (raises hand)! That alone is enough to make me take notice of any project he lends his name to.
I’ve been fortunate to have no personal association with cancer, but I have friends that are survivors. Plus, I’m more aware of and empathetic to health issues since last summer’s heart disease diagnosis. Yes, you read that right — I have full blockage, irreparable damage, and my heart functions at only 60% efficiency.
Helping a worthy cause in any way always gives me a good feeling through and through. I hope you feel the same way too and will do what you can to help bring The Peloton Project Film to fruition.
- Check out the Kickstarter page and back the project if you can (even $1 will help)
- Share the Kickstarter page on Facebook, Twitter, your blog if you have one, etc.
- Email 5 people about the project
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