A Marine's Heroic Journey

$14,305 of $59k goal

Raised by 31 people in 19 months
Cirina Catania  VALLEY VILLAGE, CA


Marine Corporal (Ret) Kionte Storey, lost a leg in Afghanistan but now trains every day towards his goal of gaining a spot on the International Paralympic Track Team.  He wants to travel the world with his service dog, Koja and spread encouragement to others who are challenged. Kionte has overcome many obstacles, including time spent in foster care as a young boy,  his amputation, rehabilitation and operations, illness, and the depression that comes when you are seriously wounded and forced to leave your brothers behind.  We are so grateful to those who are helping us make this film, as we believe in his mission.  Thank you so much!


Through it all, however, Kionte has maintained a positive spirit and says, "There is a reason that this happened to me. It will give me the chance to travel the world and help others who are having hard times.  I want to inspire them.  I want to give them hope."

Kionte has vowed to help others and is dedicating his life to do so.  He travels around the country running races and using sports  to raise awareness for charities. He often spends his own money to fly to meet with other wounded veterans and their families to encourage them and give them hope. 


My name is Cirina Catania and I've been filming Kionte's story for a year.  You can see a short very rough  Preview of Kionte Storey Film here, and more information on the website for the film .  We also have a Facebook page "Kionte Storey Film."


Kionte's story touched my heart and I am making this film in honor of him and also my father,  who was a career officer in the Army.  My father landed first-wave on Omaha Beach during World War II, survived the Battle of Chosin in Korea and went on to serve as a Military Advisor in Vietnam.  Dad came home after that war to a country that was less than welcoming and, although he remained a loving father, I am convinced he was never quite the same after that.  In those days, we didn't have a name for PTSD.

Kionte told me when we first met that he wants to inspire veterans who are suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts.  He says that sports is what helped him and turned his life around.   He is a true warrior, on the battlefield and in life.  

The production is almost finished and  the post production on the film is starting. Your contribution will be used to pay for editing, music score, foley, effects, sound mix, color grading and finishing.  

We can't do it without you. Thank you!




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Update 10
Posted by Cirina Catania
16 months ago
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We're on our way back to San Diego to film an interview with Nic Harsey, one of Kionte Storey's Marine brothers who was with him in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Thanks to your continuing support, we're closer to our goal of finishing. Here's a photo of Kionte taken at the Desert Challenge in Tempe (one of the scenes in the film)....love you guys so much for your belief in this project!
Kionte takes a break from competing.
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Update 9
Posted by Cirina Catania
16 months ago
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What do you think of the title, "Running for Life?" I'd love your opinion! Feel free to write back and contribute your thoughts...the alternative has been "Kionte Storey - Athlete," or simply, "Kionte's Storey." Also thought about "Running Home."....any preferences? Bill LaChasse has a great idea for our key art and is working on it as I write this...I'll share it with you as we develop it. And remember, this film is being made to help raise money for Kionte as he trains and moves closer to his goal - the International Paralympic Track Team and traveling to meet with other challenged athletes and veterans.
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Update 8
Posted by Cirina Catania
17 months ago
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Thanks to your donations, we are one step closer! We're looking for a DIT/Assistant Editor (veteran preferred) to help us manage the media as we move into post. If any of you have suggestions, please let us know, ok?

And William LaChasse is designing key art for the movie poster. (Necessary if we are going to approach distributors!) Thank you!

We're about 1/4th of the way to our goal and want to thank everyone who has helped, not just for your donations, but for forwarding the GoFundMe link or "liking" our Facebook page "Kionte Storey Film."

Our love and gratitude goes out to you.
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Update 7
Posted by Cirina Catania
17 months ago
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GoFundMe is blogging about our film! We're in some good company! Thanks for your support and please help us spread the word about Kionte's story!
Here's a link to the blog post:
https://www.gofundme.com/blog/2015/11/11/in-support-of-veterans/
Kionte continues to run races to benefit charities.
We are preparing to go to Madison, Wisconsin for the last of our major interviews. This time to speak to one of his brothers who was with him when the IED exploded and who can talk to us about how brave Kionte was (and how he tried to bring humor into the situation even as his life was in peril).
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$14,305 of $59k goal

Raised by 31 people in 19 months
Created September 25, 2015
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nishima chudasama
3 months ago

I was just lucky enough to meet Kionte and can't wait to cheer him on in 2020!

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Anonymous
16 months ago
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BK
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Becky and Asher Kimchi
16 months ago
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Dear Cirina, Keep up the good work. Love, Becky and Asher

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Wendy Woodhall
17 months ago
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Best of luck as you reach the finish line!

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Louis Kravitz
17 months ago
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Keep it up!

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andrew fogelson
17 months ago
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JS
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Jennifer Soule
18 months ago
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Doug Pircher
18 months ago
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18 months ago
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Eric Bergquist
18 months ago
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