|By Keith Mahne|
The Disney community is unlike any other. It’s filled with amazing people who love to help each other out and enjoy reveling in the magic together. Although we are all different, we all share and have experienced that feeling you get when you walk into a Disney Park. We all know that feeling of safety and escape it provides us. Someone who really appreciates that comfort is a wonderful man named Guy Spagnoli. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Guy personally and felt his genuine spirit and love of Walt Disney and the magic he has created for this world. Guy is a Vietnam veteran, and just like all of our service men and women, is a hero in my opinion. He put his life on the line when his country called. He has suffered tremendously from witnessing the horridness of war, and continues to do so to this day as he was diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is one thing that keeps him going and at peace….the magic of Disney! Guy is currently the subject of a documentary in production called Keep Moving Forward about his struggles with PTSD and how he uses Disney to self medicate. I think it’s an important story to be told and one we can all relate to. Please continue after the page break for more important information on this project…
|Guy Spagnoli at his home.|
About a year ago, director, editor, and co-producer Brent Bandemer was an editor on a short documentary film about a Vietnam War veteran, Guy Spagnoli. The film was about his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result from the Vietnam War.
|Guy in Vietnam|
The one thing missing was that the film had not touched on the parts of Guy’s life that had clearly inspired him to overcome the daily adversities of PTSD and to have made his dream come true of graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in cinematography.
|Guy Spagnoli on set as cinematographer.|
|Guy as Mr. Incredible|
|Laura Spagnoli and Guy Spagnoli at their home.|
And so friends, I come to you today with a very important request. The filmmakers need your help and support in order to finish this documentary and raise awareness for Veterans suffering from PTSD. I’m sure many of us can relate with Guy and his wife Laura. You may have someone you know that suffers from this condition. I ask that you please take a moment to share this campaign with a friend or, even better, consider donating to the Keep Moving Forward Kickstarter campaign so that we can see this thing through. As I said in the beginning of this article, the Disney community is filled with amazing people who love to help each other out and I truly believe that. We need those people now. We need you! Please consider helping make this project into a reality…even if it’s a dollar….every bit counts.
I appreciate your help and hopefully, in a few short months, we’ll be watching this heartfelt documentary knowing that we really did help our veterans to “keep moving forward”.
Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.