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An inspiring documentary film about James Ragan. A story about choices and living with relentless positivity despite a dire prognosis.
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Amazing! Until 20 backers, you've helped us achieve our funding goal. Thank you, because of your contributions this film will be a reality.

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Watch golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara talk about on the impact James made on their lives and how this film can impact yours. 

Here's a special message from Jim Nantz to Until 20’s  Kickstarter fans.

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Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, James Ragan, and Jim Nantz press conference discussing the urgent need for cancer research and funding.

 

Until 20 is a moving documentary that answers this question through the life of James Ragan as he courageously pursues what may be his final year. This is a story about living. It’s about the value of a single life, investing in it and making it full of meaning.

We envision our film as an inspiration not just for patients facing incurable diseases, but also one that will encourage adults and young people to make meaningful, values-based choices with their time and their lives. How would you live if your days were numbered? Why do we have to wait for a disease to teach us about living well and having compassion for others?

When James Ragan was 13, he received the devastating news that he had a rare childhood cancer. What he did after he heard that news is the basis of Until 20.

In his own voice, James shares the story of his deliberate quest to live a life worth living and make a meaningful difference in the struggle against rare childhood cancers before his own time runs out.

This feature-length documentary chronicles James’s life after diagnosis, as he grows from a promising young athlete and ambitious student blindsided by disease, into a passionate and caring advocate. James shows us that you don’t have to be exceptionally talented at anything to have a quality life. You just need grit, passion, and focused purpose.

Poignantly, love enters James’s life when he is least expecting it. Until 20’s surprise ending epitomizes how good begets good.

The media is buzzing about Until 20!

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/05/opinion/moriba-my-cancer-your-cancer/index.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/27/bone-cancer-film-james-ragan-until-20_n_5388871.html

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-news-5605399.php?cmpid=email-premium&t=ddec792b92b0b616a4

Watch this excellent report on Until 20
Watch this excellent report on Until 20

  http://www.khou.com/story/news/health/2014/08/22/film-documents-young-mans-life-with-cancer/14426835/

In 2006, James Ragan, a Texan and a rising tennis star, is at the peak of his young career competing in Europe and dreaming big. But what first starts as a swollen knee soon becomes unbearable pain that forces him out of a competition in Italy.

After thorough medical tests, local doctors present the unexpected diagnosis – osteosarcoma, a rare connective tissue cancer in the bone. His family rushes back home, and the bad news gets worse. The surgery to remove the malignant tumor from James’s leg is successful, but the cancer has already metastasized.

James Ragan
James Ragan

This is the beginning of years of ongoing surgeries, treatments, and medical experiments to stop a seemingly unstoppable disease. Through this perpetual fire, James never lets his disease quench his determination to excel in everything he does – sports, education, relationships with friends and family, and his advocacy work. In the process, he surpasses a bleak life expectancy by several years.

Even though James is sober and realistic about his deteriorating condition, he is also relentlessly positive. He wants golf, not grief. He wants toga parties, not tears. And along his mission to do good, he wants pure unadulterated fun, not pity.

James says, "Golf is like life. You have to keep focusing on the next shot in front of you."
James says, "Golf is like life. You have to keep focusing on the next shot in front of you."

Everyone James encounters is touched by the power of hope, family, and love. He carves his own legacy as he grows as a passionate cheerleader for other teens furiously fighting for their lives. James pulls the mythical arrow from his own body long enough to selflessly grant dreams of other children living with cancer. He supports Sunshine Kids, where he served on the board, and then as a Special Ambassador with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, helping to lobby congress for funding for pediatric cancer research. Wanting to do more, he launches the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation (TOKC) with Mecklin Ragan, his sister.

TOKC Toga Party with Dr. Lewis, James's first surgeon.
TOKC Toga Party with Dr. Lewis, James's first surgeon.

James shares what he believes is his final year with our production team. No restrictions. The results so far are hours of interviews and footage of heart wrenching trips to hospitals and intimate moments with his loving family as they have the most painful conversations about their deepest fear - James’s death and how to allow him to die with dignity.

We have traveled to Texas many times within the last year to film interviews with James and his family, friends, and doctors. We’ve followed him with a camera everywhere we can, from his own home and his college campus to emergency rooms and chemotherapy sessions.

We’ve gone along on road trips with Gloria to get treatment for her son's quickly advancing cancer. We are there as Mecklin steps in to lead TOKC, unwilling to let her brother, and best friend, go. And we film Jim, James's dad, desperately trying to find experimental procedures to help his son, while teaching him what it means to be a man.

The Ragans' Family
The Ragans' Family

Through funny, candid, and thought provoking moments, we discover an incredibly good soul in James, a young man who, in the course of defying the inevitable, helps us examine how to face life’s hard knocks directly. In this first-person film, James Ragan eloquently reflects on his losses, his gains, and the life gifts he believes he would not have otherwise discovered.

James and Geraldine
James and Geraldine
James and Jamila
James and Jamila

We have about 85% of the filming completed, and as we’ve dug deeper into James's rich and complicated life events, we’ve found some unexpected surprises.

 Until 20 T-Shirts!

 Until 20 Golf Balls!

Until 20 Fitness Tracker Bracelet!

 * The final product, design, and color may vary.

Donations on Kickstarter are not tax deductible, and you can't give more than $10,000.  If you'd like to donate a larger amount through our 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, please contact us at jamila@until20.com for more details!

Thanks to our Phase 1 backers, we can pay for:

  • editing
  • final field production and enactments of scenes from James’s earlier years
  • music/licensing
  • sound
  • color correction
  • graphics
Our amazing Until 20 backers raised  $50,000 for Phase 1. Now we need your support for the next BIG hurdle!
Our amazing Until 20 backers raised $50,000 for Phase 1. Now we need your support for the next BIG hurdle!

We still need backers for Phase 2 of Until 20 Kickstarter campaign - see our updated budget below!

Phase Two Funding Budget
Phase Two Funding Budget

These additional funds will cover critical post-production expenses, including:

• visual effects 

• Kickstarter fees

 • transfers of archival DVD and VHS footage 

• original music score 

• festival fees 

• travel

Your funds will help us get one step closer to completing the film, which we plan to submit to a number of film festivals in the fall of 2014. 

PHASE 3 - If our amazing fans exceed our goal of $100,000.00, additional funds will cover post-production expenses for: 

• mastering 

• distribution 

• educational screening 

• outreach 

• legal fees   

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