As long as I have been following Disney, it never ceases to amaze me just how powerful one brand can be on society. Disney is a form of escape for so many people from children with autism to someone just needing a break from their 9 to 5. Recently, I learned about Disney being a coping mechanism for someone who has been through the traumas of war.
Guy Spagnoli is a Vietnam Veteran who suffers from PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a mental health issue where people who have experience traumatic events in their life and are having problems adjusting due to flashbacks and nightmares. A real issue which can be improved through visits to psychiatrists, prescribed medication or in this case, trips to Walt Disney World.
Spagnoli has been a Disney fan his entire life, but now he uses it as his “drug of choice” since pills can keep him doped up for hours. Currently, there is a KickStarter campaign trying to raise money for a documentary called “Keep Moving Forward” all about Guy Spagnoli, and how his love for Disney keeps him going and helps ease the pain.
If you’re interested in seeing this movie get off the ground, click here and head over to the KickStarter campaign page to make a donation. I’m sure many Theme Park University fans can relate to how important a visit to a theme park can be and might even be able to relate to Guy’s story. Here’s hoping they get the funding they need. It sounds like a great project!