About this project
So here's the story. Your dad is overweight and has type 2 diabetes. His illness has led to 'diabetic foot', which is a known complication for diabetes sufferers, and now the doctors are talking about amputation. Dad is talking about getting his affairs in order. He's preparing to die.
You, on the other hand, are busy. You work hard and support your own family. You're so busy that only as you drift off to sleep at night do you think briefly about dad. You worry, but you're too busy to dwell....
At what point do you stop what you're doing? At what point does fixing dad become more important than anything else? For us, that time is now.
We are Ian and Anthony Whitington. We really need your help to finish our film.
FIXING DAD is our film about just that; our mission is to fix our Dad, Geoff. He's given his life to ensure we, or anybody close to him, never went without. This is about us giving something back and giving him the support he needs. We're using our film making experience to document the whole journey and to provide a resource for all the other people out there who have fallen victim to the temptations, stresses and let downs of life. If our route to success inspires just one person to help another person get back on the right road we have done our job.
Geoff has some serious health conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetic foot and Charcot's Foot. At the start of our project, in late 2013, he weighed over 19 stone. He was being kept alive by a cocktail of drugs which thinned his blood, lowered his cholesterol, regulated his blood sugar, lowered his blood pressure and made him able to live in a body that was close to collapse.
In this film we take dad on a journey to find the old Geoff. A big part of that journey is to recover his former health under medical supervision and for Dad to lose at get down to his ideal weight. At the time of writing in July 2014 he weighs 14st 4lbs, but we still have a long way to go. In addition to his weight, he is learning to improve his knowledge of what constitutes 'healthy food', to avoid his old temptations and improve his vital statistics along the way.
But an even bigger aspect of FIXING DAD is Geoff's emotional journey towards genuine happiness, finding hobbies other than bad food, and taking on new and sometimes terrifying challenges (100 mile cycle races, skydives, tombstoning and more) to make him realise that having type 2 diabetes is not the end of the road!
As brothers, coming together for this project has been an exciting and emotional time. We have both our father's health and our reputation as documentary film-makers riding on our success. It's been a fantastic experience but we have a little way to go yet: we're both passionate about this film and absolutely determined to ensure it's completed to its full potential.
Your funds will allow us to complete the necessary filming and associated interviews over the next four months, and then to do justice in the edit to a question which is of interest to hundreds of millions globally: Can a type 2 diabetic be fixed with the right support?
Risks and challenges
We've reduced our funding goal to the very minimum required to complete the film and we have no doubt that we will finish this. Our biggest risk originally was that Dad wouldn't be able to stick with the project, but he is now so motivated that he's surprised us all, and possibly himself!
The film will be completed regardless. Of course, there is always a risk that this project could fail to fix our dad permanently or to save his life, but we hope this film will motivate other people to succeed in saving their own lives or those of their loved ones. Your funding will enable us to invest in the right talent to fully realise the potential of the film, bringing to life Geoff's journey from diabetes sufferer to diabetics' champion in 2014.
We have all the expertise, access to equipment and the determination to finish the documentary. It's the ride of our lives and we'd love to have you along!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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