This Beats a Coma – Documentary

– Produced and created by filmmaker Scott Richardson of JuneTwentySeven Productions. –

While battling strong gusts of wind on a desolate, hilly highway in central Wyoming, Doug Markgraf slowed his bicycle to a stop and pulled a marker from his bag. In large letters he scrawled “This Beats A Coma” across his sunburnt forearm. He was 19 days into a 56 day journey across America, and the phrase reminded him why.

Five years earlier, Doug was involved in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle in a bike lane in West Philadelphia. In the collision he shattered bones, helmet, and bicycle – and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. As Doug lay in a coma for half a month, doctors refused to acknowledge that his condition would allow a complete recovery. The last thing they ever expected was that he would awaken, recover, and return to the bike. But he did.

This Beats A Coma” tells the story of a young man’s journey from coma to an inspiring cross-country bicycle trek. It reflects on the difficulties faced by a traumatic brain injury survivor and documents the struggles to return to a norm, independent life. It’s a story about hope, overcoming debilitating setbacks, and achieving amazing things.

View the documentary, released officially on June 30, 2012 below! 

You are encouraged to share this with whoever you feel would benefit from learning the story and about the mission.
To request a DVD copy ($10) of this, feel free to email Doug Markgraf or Scott Richardson with your contact information and you will be directed to the website for payment. This solely covers the cost of packaging and shipping your DVD. Get it, now!