Mile of Hope: The Dan Cummings Story

Directed by David Fresina
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In the summer of 2000, a tragic diving accident left Dan Cummings with a life changing injury; he was told he would never walk again. A sentence he would not accept. He refused to believe that living in a wheelchair was the end of his journey and he was deeply frustrated that Boston, the capital of the medical world, had no other options for him.
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mile-of-hope_still_01In 2003 Dan discovered Project Walk a rehabilitation facility In San Diego that teaches paralysis patients to become independent again. He moved out to San Diego by himself, entered the program and in 2007 after seven years of grueling physical therapy and weight training, Dan took his first steps out the front door of the facility. He returned to Boston with the mission to open up his own facility where he could offer this type of therapy to other paralysis patients. Dan’s mission came true when he founded Journey Forward in Canton, MA, which is dedicated to bettering the lives of those with spinal cord injuries through an intense, exercise-based program.

Insurance companies do not cover the fees associated with this type of rehabilitation, so those who join have to pay for the services themselves. Dan has been able to offset those fees through fund raisers and donations. Dan’s next mission is to open up facilities like “Journey Forward” all over the country, which is the purpose of our film. We want to produce a film that not only tell Dan’s incredible story, but also shines a spotlight on this type of treatment and the amazing results it can produce. All proceeds from the film will be donated to “Journey Forward”.

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David Fresina is the Producer and Director of the 2010 Documentary Film Return To Dwight And Nile: The Crash Of PSA Flight 182. He is also the founder of Nantascot Films, LLC a small film production company located in Hull, MA.
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Rick Bowman is the co-producer of Mile Of Hope. Rick is an established sound technician from San Diego who worked on the production of Return To Dwight and Nile and produced and directed his own Documentary Hillsville -1912: A Shooting In The Court. Rick is the founder of Backyard Green Films located in San Diego.

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