Three cyclists pedal into audience hearts opening night
Posted by Caitlin Carlson, Communications Assistant
Adam, Patrick and Jesse touched everyone's hearts at the opening night of Lights. Camera. Help.'s second annual film festival. They are the subject of the festival's opening night documentary, titled "Adventures for the Cure: The Doc." The film follows the journey of three men, Adam Driscoll, Patrick Blair and Jesse Stump, who “set off to cross the United States on single-speed, fixed-gear bicycles” in order to raise money and awareness for diabetes, and to help Kenyan children with disabilities.
The documentary took the audience through Adam’s life with diabetes and how it has influenced him and his closest friends to help make change in the world. Adam, who has Type-1 diabetes, shows the country, and fellow diabetics, how he manages his illness, daily activities and beyond. The film shows the men riding up to 150 miles a day through every type of terrain imaginable—up Mount Vesuvius and on the tail of a tropical storm.
On their journey, the men meet many affected by diabetes but two children in particular touch their hearts and help this movie find a way into ours.
Judging by the audience’s reaction during and after the 90-minute movie, it was clear we’d all been inspired and motivated to help.
“My grandma died from complications with diabetes, so their cause truly means a lot to me,” said Chelsea Franklin, a member of the audience opening night. “I found myself laughing at their adventures while reflecting on what they were doing. It was an incredible story and I’m so glad to see Lights Camera Help showcase this documentary for others to see.”