Occasionally at Spalding Labs we like to share stories that aren’t about flies or the little bugs that battle them. Sometimes there’s a bigger battle that we want to share with you.

Dan Weyand who is the producer of Equestrian Nation on RFDTV and owner of the Mikmar Bit Company also has a lengthy and impressive history of film work. In January he was contacted by Donna, a childhood neighbor and kindergarten classmate. It had been more than 30 years since they had seen each other.

Donna called Dan and asked him to make a short film with her help. Donna wanted to enter the film in a contest where the grand prize was a trip to Hawaii. But it wasn’t an ordinary film contest and through the process Donna determined her desire to make the film wasn’t about going to Hawaii – it was about sharing her struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Donna was diagnosed in her thirties with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. The film chronicles her discovery of the disease, its progression and the steps she took to win back her independence. In the film her husband and sons share how they struggled along with her.

The American Academy of Neurology sponsors the Neuro Film Festival on YouTube each year. The purpose of the Neuro Film Festival is to help raise awareness and funding for brain research.

Donna’s is a wonderful story of hope and inspiration. We hope you’ll take the time to visit www.dbsdonna.com and watch I Have Parkinson’s; It Doesn’t Have Me. At that site you can also read more about Donna, the process of making the film and leave a note for Donna as well.