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Alumni Create Award Winning Documentary

UMBC alumni have created an award winning documentary about Adventures for the Cure’s (AFC) annual bike trip to raise money for diabetes research. “Adventures for the Cure,” which recently received the People’s Choice Award at the Beloit International Film Festival, will be screened at UMBC on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Lecture Hall 3 (Administration Building).

Directed by Phillip Knowlton ’03, visual arts, the film chronicles the 6500-mile trek made by Adam Driscoll ’04, information systems, AFC president and cofounder; Alex Driscoll ’07, environmental science; and Jesse Stump ’06, mechanical engineering. The three men rode single-speed, fixed-gear bicycles to raise money and awareness for diabetes and to help disabled children in Kenya. “Adventures for the Cure” focuses on Adam, who as a Type-1 diabetic has to manage his illness while riding up to 150 miles a day through rugged terrain, and on the stories of two diabetic children the group meets along the way.

"Our documentary is not just a movie about biking across the country,” said Adam Driscoll. “Its about living your life to make a difference in the world – using the skills and talents that you have and love to really get out there and make it happen.  We want to show people what friends can do when they make an effort to do something worthwhile."

Additional alumni involved in the documentary and AFC are Patrick Blair ’03, computer science, vice president and co-founder of AFC and a Race Across America ’08 cyclist, and Greg Saylor ’05, environmental science, member of the Race Across America ’08 support crew. Current UMBC students working with AFC to promote the film are Tawny Barin, Cleo Thomas, Lauren Anthony, Mike Mene, Alanna Bradley and Daniel Edlow.

AFC seeks to raise awareness for diabetes, to show those diagnosed with diabetes and their families how leading a healthy and active lifestyle can move patients beyond their perceived limits and to raise funds for diabetes research.

For more information, visit www.adventuresforthecure.com. Watch a trailer for the documentary here.

(4/21/08)