Everyone knows someone with asthma, or has it themselves. This film takes a look at one life profoundly effected by the disease.
On a winter's morning in January 1992, many lives were soon to be forever changed, touched and imprinted by one young man. I am making this film on the life story of Josh LaRue. This film is based largely on family accounts of that day in 1992, and there are many open wounds still needing to be healed. But his entire family has come together to make this film a reality. They are an inspiration to me, which is why I am making this film. Never give up!!!! That is the message of this project. Please watch the video above, and LIKE, EMBED, and TWEET the heck out out of this. Become a part of this project as if it were your own. This is the only way to truly bring this documentary to life.
Josh grew up a happy and adventurous kid in a small town in north central Minnesota. He also grew up with asthma. Tragedy struck Josh at a young age, just a few months before his high school graduation. An asthma attack forced his lungs to shut down and he suffered permanent brain damage due to the prolong absence of oxygen. This left him paralyzed, blind, and unable to communicate. His desire to express himself inspired an invention by Josh and his brothers that is a marvel to witness in action. This device allows Josh to speak his mind through the use of a computer. He has published several books with this device, the first being "My Last Breath". These book are Josh's testament to all he has endured and could never speak of.
Why funding is needed...
"As I turned away from my body, I saw that there was a staircase before me. I began climbing them. I was thinking of my family as I climbed the stairs. I knew they would all miss me...but something told me they would be alright. I turned back to look at my body, that's when everything crashed back, I was swallowed up by a tidal wave of confusion and pain."
Josh has incredible stories in his book "My Last Breath". Since he cannot communicate his stories verbally, his writings need to be brought to life visually somehow through post production processes, i.e. illustration, animation, narration and music. Funds raised through this will help cover these costs and launch this film to the next level.
What we are asking...
With your help, we need to reach the goal of $10,000. This is a fraction of what will ultimately be spent for this project but every little bit counts. Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if the goal is not met, donations are returned and no funds are raised. So it is invaluable to help spread this message in order to make our goal. Thank you for supporting this film and helping share in this story of optimism and courage.
Cy and Josh.
A slight coincidence that Josh's family moved away from Minnesota to Ohio, just a few miles away from where I grew up. My hometown paper recently wrote a nice article on our project. I now reside in Minnesota.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $10,000 goal
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Jun 4, 2012 - Jul 4, 2012 (30 days)
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A bookmark with the film's logo designed by graphic artist David Wild. All backers get thank you on film's website.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Digital download of the documentary My Last Breath when it released in 2013.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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Josh's digital ebook My Last Breath and bookmark.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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A dvd of the documentary My Last Breath when film is completed (2013), and bookmark.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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A paper back copy of Josh's book My Last Breath, and bookmark.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Dvd of the documentary and paper back version of My Last Breath), and bookmarkEstimated delivery: Jun 2013
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All of the above $50 pledge plus thank you credit in the film.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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All of the above $100 pledge, plus a copy Josh's book of poetry A Beautiful Tragedy and two tickets to the premier of the documentary.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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All of the above $250 pledge, plus download of original music scores used in this film and Associate Producer credit in film.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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All of the $500 pledge, plus Executive Producer credit in the film. Two VIP tickets for the premier. And forever indebted with gratitude by Josh and the filmmakers for making this project a success.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013