To round off its first Faster Future fundraising campaign, IBEC is organizing an exclusive European film première of “I’ll Push You”, the inspiring story of Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, the first people to complete the Camino de Santiago in a wheelchair.
Over the past 20 years, a progressive neuromuscular disease has slowly taken away Justin’s ability to use his arms and legs. He requires daily assistance in every aspect of life such as eating, bathing and getting dressed. In the spring of 2012, Justin asked his best friend Patrick if he would help him complete the Camino de Santiago, the 500-mile pilgrimage trail in Northern Spain. Patrick’s response was simple and direct: “I’ll push you.”
As part of its first ever Faster Future campaign, which since November has been raising money for the development of a ‘muscle-on-a-chip’ that uses a patient’s own cells to study diseases like Justin’s, IBEC has clubbed together with Cinesa Diagonal to offer this exclusive screening on Thursday at 19h30.
The film will be preceded by an introduction to IBEC and Faster Future by IBEC Director Josep Samitier, who will be accompanied by IBEC group leader and head researcher in the project, Javier Ramon, to discuss the technology and answer questions.
Tickets for the night cost €7, and all proceeds will help the Faster Future campaign hit its target of €25,000 and help make this medicine of the future a reality.
Thursday 10th May · 19h30 · Cinesa Diagonal, Barcelona
In English with Spanish subtitles
IBEC in the media: coverage of this story appeared in La Vanguardia this week