"Ride With Larry" - a short, inspirational documentary about an amazing guy many of us knew when he was a Hamden cop. A brief informational trailer precedes the film.
From the producers of “Ride With Larry”
Ride with Larry is an inspirational documentary that puts a human face on the day-to-day fight against Parkinson's disease. Larry Smith, a retired [Hamden] police captain, beloved small-town baker, and avid cyclist has had Parkinson's disease for nearly 20 years. This spring we will follow him as he bikes across his state to raise awareness about the benefits of recumbent cycling and Parkinson's.
Larry refuses to give up or submit to the prognosis of a wheel chair. Instead, Larry demonstrates the power of keeping your body active and mind positive, proving that sometimes the best cure is living life to its fullest. As Larry’s wife Betty states: “if you love life, and have a life that you love, you’ll fight for it.”
We look forward to bringing you this inspirational story, Ride with Larry.
Ride with Larry Ė An Inspirational Parkinsonís Documentary
ďIf you love life, and have a life that you love, youíll fight for it.Ē -Betty Smith
Parkinsonís disease affects over 1.5 million people in the United States. Those who are afflicted carry the burden of a hidden disease, one that saddles each diagnosis with a story of eventual decline and the prognosis of a wheelchair. Depression and shame can quickly follow. However, there is another way. For some people there is a great empowerment after their acceptance of Parkinsonís, a chance to prove oneís worth to the world and show that the value of a life is not defined by any diagnosis but by the way in which one confronts and surmounts these obstacles. One such example is the powerful story of Larry Smith, a retired police captain, now a beloved small town baker in South Dakota, who has had Parkinsonís disease for the last 20 years. His remarkable spirit is uplifting and, despite his condition, has had a remarkable impact on his town of Vermillion, and beyond. Although there is no cure for Parkinsonís yet, Larry doesnít give up. He fights every day to live the best life he can and enriches the lives of everyone he touches. Itís his courage and tenacity that allow him battle Parkinsonís in the best possible way: keeping his body active and mind positive. Larry proves that sometimes the best cure is living life to its fullest. Larryís daily bike rides have had such an incredible impact on both his mind and body that he has decided itís 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 Larryís journey will be filmed for a documentary, Ride with Larry. Weaved amongst this narrative will be an intimate portrait of the everyday battle against Parkinsonís, 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 Parkinsonís disease, family members, and caretakers. Each one of the filmmakers involved also has a personal story of Parkinsonís in their family. Beyond Parkinson's disease, anyone facing a life altering illness can find inspiration in Ride with Larry. Weíd like to invite you to be a part of this important cause which will help improve the lives of many people.