Who is Gary Wyman?
Gary Wyman’s life journey included an abundance of professional and athletic successes, and an extensive cohort of friends and family. It was also a voyage drastically altered by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
While his health deteriorated at a rapid pace, he maintained his adventurous spirit by traveling to Africa with Team Gleason, and embarking on a 5,000-mile North American road trip in his beloved 1984 Volkswagen Vanagon with family and friends in tow at the height of his illness. How Gary chose to live after his diagnosis reveals the apex of the human spirit.
What is "From the Passenger Seat"?
Among Gary's many talents was his ability to connect with people through storytelling. Whether documenting his athletic adventures in snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, hiking, and camping, or capturing a everyday moment, Gary always kept the camera rolling.
When Gary decided to head out on one final adventure, he invited F4D Studio along for the ride to do the work behind the camera that he could no longer do himself. Working, caregiving and traveling with Gary gave the F4D documentary team an intimate look at life through the eyes of a friend whose body was imprisoned by ALS, but whose mind and heart were still determined to live life passionately.
"From the Passenger Seat" is an educational adventure film that explores one man's exceptional life, a heroic two-year battle with ALS and an epic farewell road trip. Through a creative lens, F4D Studio will show what life can be when it is lived with purpose, immobile vigor, and unquenchable thirst for experiences.
How can YOU help?
With this project we will try to step into Gary's shoes as a storyteller and we want you to be part of it. Your contribution will shed light on the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of ALS, a disease that affects more than 30,000 Americans, and 450,000 people worldwide.
Along with Gary's network, F4D Studio has already invested heavily with in-kind donations, personal funding, and time on the project, but we're only part of the way there. There are still hundreds of hours of Gary's personal video archive that needs to be digitized, additional filming to be completed and countless hours of editing remaining to create the final film.
Gary wanted to bring awareness to the possibility of living with joy and zest while coping with a terminal illness. We're committed to honoring his wishes and sharing his story with the world. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.
On behalf of everyone that shared in Gary's light, we thank you for your support.
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