Film Screening at Benefit Party Wed, June 28th in NYC
By Patrick O'brien, 26 Jun 2006
"My name is Patrick. Sometime during the fall of 2004, I noticed an involuntary shaking in my legs. For a long time the exact cause eluded definition."
On May 24th, 2005, filmmaker Patrick O'Brien was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), a terminal disease that results in the progressive degeneration of the nerves and muscles responsible for voluntary movement. It is a fatal and incurable disease. He was 30 years old.
During the final week in July, as part of his documentary, Patrick plans to travel in his motorized wheelchair with a documentary camera team from Washington's Crossing, PA to Asbury Park, NJ as he raises money for ALS awareness. The ride will take approximately 7-days and will travel over 100 miles. The timing of this ride is crucial as Patrick has been slated for an operation August 9th and will no longer be physically able to manage the journey.
Part One of his film, "It's Exciting to Die" will be screened at the Trans-Jersey Expedition Benefit Party this Wednesday, June 28th at White Rabbit in New York City.
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