Inspirational Stories

The 25,000 Mile Love Story

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“Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.”

-Henry David Thoreau

Almost all of us need inspiration in our lives, whether it be to help us get through a difficult time, or simply to remind us of the incredible feats people go through to live their dreams. The Roetheli Lil’ Red Foundation is currently promoting and producing movies, books and stories, to serve as a reminder for people to focus on their dreams and that with persistence, passion, practice, a sense of purpose and a pioneer spirit, that exceptional achievements are possible.

The 25,000 Mile Love Story, An Impossible Journey…The Ultimate Price – The amazing and dramatic true story of the Roetheli’s Swiss relative Serge and his wife Nicole. Serge ran the equivalent of the circumference of the world – over 25,422 miles 1,910 days (63 months), through six continents and 37 countries while his wife rode on a motorcycle next to him at 7.4 miles per hour. The two of them constituted the entire team and managed all functions “on the go”. During their journey they raised awareness of the plight of children in Third World countries and lived their dream to run the world. As Serge noted, “Impossible is just a stupid word. Nothing is impossible if you are willing to pay the price.” The movie is based on the detailed diary that Nicole kept during their run. The movie began showing on American Public Television the fall of 2015. Books are available for purchase on this website at Shop the LRF Store menu.

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I See The Crowd Roar

A documentary about William “Dummy” Hoy, a young deaf and mute man, who dreamed of playing major league baseball in the late 1800’s. After being told repeatedly that he would never play at the professional level because he was profoundly deaf and small, he practiced, persisted and achieved his dream of becoming a star outfielder and star player in his era of Major League Baseball. His “handicap” contributed to umpires using hand signals in baseball today from which players and fans continue to benefit. . He still holds a record that has stood for over 125 years – throwing out three base runners from centerfield, unassisted, at home plate in a single game. Available for purchase on this website at Shop the LRF Store/Inspirational Stories.

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Lost Road of the Popes – Via Papali

The untold, true story of the “lost” road on which 16th century Rome and its Church made the most profound urban and religious comeback in history while not meant as a film on Catholic theology, the film follows six powerful popes and their dynasties as they take on the task of first rebuilding, then glorifying, the new Rome. “Via Papale” unfolds the miracle of this remarkable renaissance, showing how Rome and its papal rulers not only survived, but were inspired by a holy road. The film features outstanding architecture and interior design of Rome’s cathedrals.

This was the first time Rome and its cathedrals were filmed in HD. One amazing story from the filing of the Via Papale was that the Catholic crew had obtained permission to film with a 40 foot crane in St. Peters Basilica and had locked the doors. That very morning, the Pope had a high level delegation that he intended to show St. Peters. However, the doors to St. Peters were locked, so the Pope could not bring his delegation into this famous church. Visit the website at: www.thelostroadofthepopes.com.

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Roots to the American Dream (Coming Soon)

This is a story that tells how the most improbable circumstances can bring a family together. The Roetheli family left Switzerland in the mid 1800s with only three of the original 25 known to be alive five weeks after landing in New Orleans. This story reveals how against all odds the Roetheli family tree rejoined despite all three branches using different last names throughout their American history and how the American and Swiss Roethelis reunited after 138 years without communicating and some additional “finds” during filming of this interconnection between genealogy and American success stories.

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