HAND: MADE Motorcycle Ride Film Production
An inspirational documentary about an amputee taking matters into his own hand, and building his own prosthetic devices.
Braden Leonard hasn’t let the loss of his arm get in the way of his passion: riding motorcycles. The firefighters motto to adapt and overcome has pushed Braden to create life-changing prosthetic devices and give him the freedom to continue living life to the fullest. Countless prototypes have been made, but now the whole crew is ready to test it out with a cross country trip. Help them document this feat! Your donations will stipend the film crew who have, up until this point, treated this film as a labor of love.
If 1,000 people donate $20 each, our goal will be met. The implications of testing this prosthetic device stretch far beyond a motorcycle ride. With your money, you will also help Braden help others regain a part of their life they thought they had lost forever.
The day before Braden Leonard lost his right hand to flesh-eating bacteria, he was an outdoor enthusiast, a veteran fireman, and a dedicated member of his local Rhode Island community. It was on a regular trip mountain biking when he was thrown from his bike, hit a tree, and ended up with a thorn in his hand. He chalked it up to a rough day on the trails and headed home. But what initially seemed like a small accident landed Braden in a medically induced coma in a matter of hours. The thorn had infected his bloodstream with necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria), which was doing quick work of shutting his body down. He was given a 30% chance of survival. If they amputated his hand, it might stem the infection, but there were no promises. Luckily, Braden beat the odds and woke up a week later. He lost his right hand, his job, and his sense of normalcy, but he had his life. At this point in the story, many amputees adapt their life to include their prosthetic, but Braden insisted on finding something that would fit his active lifestyle. He couldn’t find one, so he built one himself. This is the story of how a mountain-biking fireman is taking on the entire prosthetics industry—one-handed. His do-it-yourself design has the potential to revolutionize how amputees move. And this summer, he’ll take his prototype and join his father on a cross-country, on/off-road motorcycle trip in the ultimate test of product endurance. Along the way, he’ll team up with adaptive athletes who are redefining what it means to be doers and makers.
Expected Release Summer 2019
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
This project is solely to fund the production costs of filming Braden's cross-country motorcycle ride.
Significant amounts of additional funding is required for the rest of the film, so we are also seeking corporate partnerships to support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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