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'Ride with Larry' filmmakers surpass fundraising goal; will document 300-mile ride across South Dakota by cyclist with Parkinson's disease

February 2, 2011 | 12:42 pm

Larry and Betty Smith riding in Vermillion, S.D.

The filmmakers of the "Ride with Larry" documentary are thrilled to report that they successfully reached their funding goal on Kickstarter.com, raising a total of $62,695 by the Tuesday deadline.

"We made it to the Kickstarter Hall of Fame as the 15th most-successful project of all time out of 4,000 funded projects since the website began," co-producer/co-director Andrew Rubin told Outposts.

The team's excitement and appreciation of those who contributed is apparent in this "Ride with Larry" blog post:

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE! YOUR SUPPORT MEANS THE WORLD TO THIS TEAM OF PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FILMMAKERS, TO LARRY, AND THIS CAUSE!

We LITERALLY couldn’t do it without you.

Featured in a Jan. 25 Outposts item, Vermillion, S.D., resident Larry Smith, 61, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when he was 42, is the focus of the documentary that aims to put a human face on the day-to-day fight against Parkinson's. He's planning to bike 300 miles from Aberdeen, S.D., to his home in Vermillion, stopping along the way each night to speak with local support groups about the benefits of cycling, staying active and keeping positive with Parkinson's.

Smith continues to train for his June departure, albeit indoors because of the South Dakota snow keeping him from riding his recumbent bike around town. Both he and his wife, Betty, have been hitting the gym, where Smith is now clocking 17 miles in 40 minutes.

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'Ride With Larry': Cyclist with Parkinson's disease to bike 300 miles across South Dakota

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Larry and Betty Smith riding in Vermillion, S.D. Credit: Andrew Rubin / Ride with Larry


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