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Over two million people suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating disease that attacks the victim’s nervous system. There’s no cure for the disease.
Exercise is important for everyone, but it’s vital for MS patients. Studies show that it helps reduce fatigue and has many other positive benefits for people with MS. We filmed six courageous people with MS — three in the US and three in Norway — to hear their stories of the devastation of their diagnosis and how exercise has given them hope.
Throughout the film, we explore the story of MS with experts from around the world and hear how living a healthy, active lifestyle can benefit people with MS. We also describe the origins of the disease and how one particular people — the Vikings — may have helped spread the disease through their genes and lust for travel.
Each of our courageous subjects chose cross-country (Nordic) skiing as their exercise of choice. We marvel at their experiences as they reach for their ultimate goal: to take part one of the most famous marathon ski races in the world — the Birkebeiners!
Steinar Hybertsen: I’m a Norwegian-American living in Colorado, and I’ve been making documentaries for over ten years, including films about Henrik Ibsen, Kaare Ness, and the Marshall Plan. The discovery of MS and its connection with the Vikings intrigued me. As a cross-country skier and a participant in both the American Birkebeiner and the Norwegian Birkebeiner for years, I saw a connection. I'd love for our film to be seen all over the world and inspire people with MS to exercise no matter what their level of disability. This is a story that has to be told through skiers with MS and the people involved in this research.
Ian Duncan: I’m the film’s medical/scientific advisor and a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I’ve researched MS for over 25 years, focusing on brain repair in people with chronic MS. In three to four years, we hope to take the results of my work and move to the first clinical trial of its kind. I’m also an active cross-country skier and have competed in both Norwegian and American Birkebeiner races. Additionally, I’m a member of the National MS Society’s Hall of Fame as both a research scientist and fundraiser.
Our documentary is almost finished, but we need funds to pay the remaining costs that allow for the production of a high-quality film.
Showing the Documentary
Along with the exclusive private screenings, the documentary will be shown on Public Television stations in the Midwest and Norway. With your help, we hope to broaden its reach to cover many more areas and nations around the world. We also plan to enter it in a number of film festivals both here and abroad.
Risks and challenges
We face the common risks that all projects face, namely delays in potential challenges with fulfillment, delays in the post production phase and unforseen issues.
However, we've been planning this project for a long time and we've done everything we can to address them. We pledge to be transparent and up-front with ANY issues that might arise and do everything in our power to make them right!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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