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  • Former boxing champ aims to open handicap-accessible gym

    WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds of people gathered in Warwick Friday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the crowd at the Crown Plaza was local boxing legend Gary “Tiger” Balletto, Jr. The Providence native, who won 35 bouts and two titles, is now a quadriplegic. He…

  • TIGER IS SPREADING

    Today Gary spoke to a huge audience at Tabor Academy. With light humor and charm, Gary discussed his life story. He touched upon his life lessons, and his love, Chrissy. As I captured a fantastic moment for the film “Tiger”, Chrissy, stood just behind the curtain of the stage, looking out over Gary’s shoulder, supporting…

  • FOCUS

    FIGHT ON! Filming will continue for the next two years. New major doors in the story of Tiger have opened.  Unfortunately, I can not discuss it at this time.  However, it’s taken “Tiger” to an ever greater level.  So, it’s imperative that myself, Gary & Chrissy practice patience, and continue to film on.  In the…

  • TIGER Trailer 2 being finalized

    Music composer Mauro Colangelo is putting the finishing touches on the second trailer for Tiger.   The second trailer for Tiger is going to be a bit more simple and centered on Gary & Chrissy.  The images selected are very powerful.  The new trailer will give you a glimpse of new images, and a more…

  • TIGER IS THE REAL DEAL

      Gary was for the most part sedated in the ICU the entire first two weeks of his injury.  However, one of the times he was awake, Gary had requested I film.  The next day I brought the camera in and began to film away.  This was a whole new chapter in life, and to…

7 months ago

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You got this buddy!! Your a fighter and a true inspiration for many including me! 💪🏻

Champ

Xo

11 months ago

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Strength comes from within and remains throughout your entire life . Never give up ... You have sent an inspirational message ...There you go Champ

11 months ago

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11 months ago

Gary Balletto
"NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU SEEM TO BE FROM WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, NEVER STOP BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL SOMEHOW MAKE IT" ... See MoreSee Less

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You are amazing!

Wow! You are unstoppable!

You are such an inspiration Gary !

1 years ago

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Gary Balletto working out with Joseph Desjardins at Anytime Fitness in Johnston, RI
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Hey gary I dont know if you and your wife remember me Duffy s cousin donna and bartender at harts just wanted to wish you and your family happy holidays

2 years ago

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Shot - Cut & Colored by Eric Latek
Original Music by Mauro Colangelo
#BEATIGER

Hard times fall upon everybody. Some worse than others. Perhaps, like Gary "Tiger" Balletto, you have faced serious injury and are fighting each day to get stronger. Maybe someone close to you passed away, and each day you fight sadness and sorrow. Perhaps the direction of your life is not going exactly how you imagined, and each day you fight depression or regret. Life can certainly beat one to the ground. But when it does, get back up and BEAT IT THE FUCK BACK!! And when you are done kicking the shit out of life, remember to learn, laugh, and live for the moments it provides you. Tough times don't last, but tough people do. Be A Tiger!
- Eric Latek

vimeo.com/134680067Shot - Cut & Colored by Eric Latek Original Music by Mauro Colangelo Hard times fall upon everybody. Some worse than others. Perhaps, like Gary "Tiger"…
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Wow!! Well done!!! Gary definetly earned his nickname Tiger!! Nothing but Respect!!

I wish I had ur strength

Such an inspiration ;).

Amazing!

Gary's fight inspires us all in our own struggles. Respect to you, Erik, for putting your heart and soul into this movie. It will change the world - forever.

Yea 🎱

Billy Padden

2 years ago

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I just wanted to post a very nice, pure and honest moment captured in the filming of "TIGER" between Gary Balletto and Kenny Phillips. When filming this story, its always just me and the camera. Whatever I seem to capture at the moment, is pure, unscripted and all real. I'm not one to push any belief system into my work, nor, on a personal level, do I care about another person's dogma. To each his/her own. At the end of the day, just be a good human being. In any case, I felt there was great dialogue between these guys and wanted to share it. #beatiger www.tigerthemovie.com
vimeo.com/133800723A Moment in the film TIGER A Documentary Film by Eric Latek Original Score by Mauro Colangelo www.tigerthemovie.com
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im in tears'

My Mom lost her Mother, Father, Sister, and Brother all within 3 years. All good Godly people. Sometimes we don't understand why things happen, but in my opinion, only God can change everything suddenly. He is our only hope in this life. I don't think He allows us to go through anything we can't handle. Sometimes tragic things like this causes our eyes and heart to turn towards Him. Faith is what pleases God. Fear, doubt and worry is the opposite of faith. To the day I die I will always trust God and I already KNOW that God is going to do a creative miracle in Gary Balletto's life. He promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. We just have to surrender it all to The Lord, once we do and we trust Him completely, he comes through. Love you Tiger. #yourbiggestfan

Yup sometimes it does seem like God is an asshole

No I didn't.

so touching...through the eyes of a tiger....routing for you Gary...

Where can we see the entire movie? Keep your faith, Gary. When we least expect it, miracles happen. Praying for you. 💜

The Tiger never Dies Gary!!! Keep on fighting and we'll keep on praying. God bless my friend.

Don't lose your faith Tiger! Cathy Paliotta did you see this?

Deep

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2 years ago

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Today is the Strongest I've been since the accident! BREAKING MORE RECORDS!
I know it doesn't look like much but I have a C6, Asia B spinal cord injury. Which means extremely weak triceps and chest from the damaged nerves. I started just barely lifting the bar! #BEATIGER
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Good for you Gary!!! You are amazing!!! 💪🏽💥

Such an inspiration!! You are teaching your kids and others to never give up!!!

Impressive, looking good !!

keep up the good work Tiger !!

You are doing great bro

Yessssssssss 🙂

You're an inspiration!!

Gary you got willpower you can do anything you want

2 years ago

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2 years ago

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Go Tiger, if anyone can do it, it's you !! Blessings to you...

well said,by Gods grace and provision it will happen!!!!!!!!!!!

Your the best Gary love u xo

.Love this Man. What a inspiration to all.

Go Gar!! Your a Super Hero 😘👍❤️xo

Gary, you are a true inspiration to so many people on so many levels. You'll always be the Champ in my eyes. Keep fighting and keep up all this incredible work that you are putting towards getting more chairs and more staff at the YMCA!

Gary you are a king my man god speed looking stronger and stronger

My inspiration. ...

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Xo

Way to go Gary Balletto!!!!

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2 years ago

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TWO WARRIORS!
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Two great Champs

Two great champions I enjoyed watching back when we were all a little younger!! 👍🏻

My two best fighters in the world ! Gary Balletto vs. Holyfield. 1

2 years ago

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Inspirational

Goooooo Gary

Always incredibly inspiring!

2 years ago

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2 years ago

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A day, will never be any more then "what you make of it"... Make it Productive!! Make it fun!! Hug somebody!!

For anyone that understands the level of a C6 spinal cord injury, understands that generally there is zero strength in the triceps!
NOT FOR ME!!! #tigerthemovie
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Gary, you are my idol!!!

Gary Balletto an inspiration for all!

Gary you are absolutely amazing my dad always talks about what a great person you are

Good job Gary. Keep it up. You the man.

User go my Man proud to know u

I have c4 disk you keep it up do some pull ups for me I left grand kids no good

Gary you are truly amazing and an inspiration to all.

2 years ago

TIGER
ANOTHER DAY… ANOTHER THERAPY SESSION… I WILL CONTINUE AT THIS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK UNTIL I MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN!!!
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Keep going u inspire me god bless

You will get there bud! Lets set a date, I'll get in the ring with you, and you can kick my ass.. (just let me land a few LOL)

Tough as nails!! You are the man!!!

#heart

Keep going Gary!!! You can do this!!!

You got this!! Attitude is everything!!

amen

2 years ago

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You go Gary!!!!!💪💪

Go Champ !

God Bless

Way to go Gary

We are all behind you Gary Balletto you have God on your side and you will walk again

You are AMAZING !!!! Let them know you need some wd40 on that machine ! Lol

U go guy love this post u r a true champ god bless u and yr family

Incredible strength & perseverance .. never give up ☆

Misd uou guys hood luck

Gary you will always be a champion your all heart

Keep it up bro

Good

Goooooooooo Gary !

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2 years ago

TIGER
LIFE... always offers you a second chance!
It's called TOMORROW!
My sexy legs are coming back!!!!!
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your the best honey you got this 'xoxo love you gary '

👍🏻😊 that fantastic!

I love it!!!!!

Incredible. A lot of work, worth it! 😉

That is Fantastic !

Woot woot!!

🎶🎶 "Bringing Sexy Back" 🎶🎶

Awesome!!

2 years ago

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Filming the last chapter in TIGER. 13 years in the making so far with about three years to go. Those last three years covering the stem cell journey for Gary. Gary Tiger Balletto met with congressman Jim Langevin to help push #stemcell therapy through the US FDA. A small step for what hopefully can be a huge milestone for #spinal cord injury in years to come. For #trailers go to tigerthemovie.com. #film #documentary #filmmaking
Filming the last chapter in TIGER. 13 years in the making so far with about three years to go. Those last three years covering the stem cell journey for Gary. Gary Tiger Balletto met with congressman Jim Langevin to help push #stemcell therapy through the US FDA. A small step for what hopefully can be a huge milestone for #spinal cord injury in years to come. For #trailers go to tigerthemovie.com. #film #documentary #filmmaking ... See MoreSee Less

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Can't wait to watch it!

👍🏼 YES!!

WOW INCREDIBLE! Watching you post about your brothers journey has been amazing. Just watched the trailer and this is def a tear jerker and VERY inspriational. Is this something we will get to see in the theater's? Praying for him and your whole family as his story continues to unfold.

Going strong ;).

Stay strong Gary! Your fightin the good fight!💪🏼

Love you Gary. Keep up the fight☺.

Keep fighting Gary!! 💪💪 You are truly an inspiration!! ✨✨

Keep up the great work gary

Keep going brother cant wait to see the movie

You're the strongest person I know. Just keep doing what you do cousin. XO♥

YES!

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2 years ago

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Push-ups for Paralysis.
Doggy Style!
Please help spread the word and maybe do a push-up or two! Donate to www.teamfighttowalk.com

www.youtube.com/watch?v=O68cXWGBhKwDoing it Doggy Style! www.teamfighttowalk.com
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Funny video.

That is hysterical! Awesome Eric!

2 years ago

Barbara Clemens
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2 years ago

Dan Reynolds
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2 years ago

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A NIGHT FOR TIGER FUNDRAISER 2014 VIDEO (Click Link to Watch)
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A NIGHT FOR TIGER FUNDRAISER 2014 VIDEO (Click Link to Watch)
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A hero, a warrior, a good soul and most importantly, a fighter! Your story is so inspiring! Every clip I see and story I read amazes me more and more. Thank you for sharing your life, your struggle and your impressive journey. I wish you all the best!

God bless u Gary and your amazing family ur right your wife is beautiful and smart and u both r luckey to have each other keep up the fight good luck with the stem cell I pray u do walk again pray for strength

Absolutely amazing !!! Keep up the great job your doing. !!! You are getting up again and will fight this fight , and you WILL WIN!!!

You could feel so much love in the room that night❤️

A great night for a great man

You are amazing!

let ur friends know to like us here Thx www.facebook.com/FTG4H

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2 years ago

James Priscaro
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2 years ago

Caroline Green
Please hit share and like this page for my nephew Gary Balletto ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Mike Bowler
This looks like it's going to be awesome, I hope you get a big turn out when it hits theaters. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

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PLEASE READ: For those who do not know the story of "TIGER", please understand, and perhaps appreciate even more, the fact that this is a documentary in a purely passive/cinematic filmmaking aesthetic. In viewing the trailers I have out, every shot you see, every moment, is 100% real. These are not actors, the shots are not re-enactments, and there is no script. The hospital content, the injury, the fights, moments of intimacy are all real. Everything has been captured in a moment of time by myself for the past 13 years. I announce this only because I have been getting wonderful emails, praising the film, and promising to spread the word. However, folks are complimenting the "acting, locations, performances, technicality..." The word on this film seems to be quickly spreading, so I just wanted to point out to new friends and fans, that "TIGER IS 100% REAL". Its not going to be a traditional documentary in any sense of the word. The trailers may not feel like a documentary, and the movie will not feel like a documentary due to the cinematic style for which it is going to be presented. However, it is a documentary. So, hopefully this can make one appreciate the film even more. Thank you so much for the sharing this page and sending me incredible emails! Lets keep sharing the Love!
The Very Best,
Eric Latek
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THE MOVIE WILL BE FINISHED WHEN SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY HAPPENS! Thanks for the beautiful messages!

Gary Balletto and his family are truly of the fighting spirit! Family is so close and strong. Love this entire family 😉

Where can I see the documentary or movie ?

Where can I get the movie can't wait to see it!!!Gary Balletto

Great job eric !!! Kiu 🙂

An incredible documentary of strength,courage and love....I had the pleasure of meeting Christina about a year ago,we talked about what happened to her husband!!! Unbelievably strong couple unbelievable stronger bond! Thank you!

Stay blessed Eric 💖

The Best

Eric

God please make Extraordinarily happen,please soon,!thank you,z 🙂 Jesus! 🙂 🙂

Eric latek can u tag me so i have on my page,if i sharei lose comments,thanku

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2 years ago

Scott C. Miller FX
Wow! Just watched both trailers and I'm impressed with how professional this it looks.
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2 years ago

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TIGER Trailer 1 presented in 4K
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku13wdpl2hATechnical Notes for projecting in 4K: The first part of the story was shot in Standard Def., and upscaled. The later half of the story has been shot with Red...
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i'am sure you will walk again because you still have the fight in you and the love for your family and friends they can only keep a good man down for so longgood luck to a great champ.

i watched the trailer and think its great i saw you fight before you retired from the ring and you were a great champion.

2 years ago

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TIGER Trailer 2 presented in 4K

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS0KFvAMwsUTiger Trailer 2 focuses on the connection between Gary and Christina. There was a beautiful voice of inspiration by Christina to Gary that I captured just as...
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Where can I get the movie???

<3

Beautiful! They are an inspiration of hope, love and strength.

2 years ago

Susan Santurri
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2 years ago

John Dubois
Excellent movie of one of R.I. best fighters. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Guy Goodinson
Iv invited everyone I have as a friend and Family. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Joe Fargnoli
Thank you all who liked Tiger Community,,May the Peace of Our Lord be always with you. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Deborah Keefe
I pray your New Year is filled with all the happiness your hearts can hold. God Bless you. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Mike Lova Calenda
God Bless you Gary!!! I can't wait too see the movie! Did you have Premier yet? ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Jennifer Stone
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2 years ago

Phillip Copper
Like i say tiger you are a fighter and a go geter all ways have face ln heart amen. ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Cynthia Mello
Awww. That's so cool. Happy New year. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 years ago

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I would love to see it,when is it coming out? TY

When is the whole movie coming out

Cant wait

Going to be great

A better story than spazienza's! Looking forward to it..

HELL ? ..., I AINT IN IT ?... CAMEOS ? NADA ? . OH... IM CALLIN MY AGENTS ... Peter Rall. N Enrico N Esposito... Vinny Paz ? Mike DA Tiger Gomes... LOL... WOOOO !... IM A OL FIGHTER N IN SHIP SHAPE RIGHT NOWWWW ! PLUS, OPEN N COACHABLE... N GOD BLESS OUR MAN.. AH KING AH RI... MR. GARY BALLETTO..

Let us know when it is out.. We would love to see it. ❤️❤️

2 years ago

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Love this picture! Your family is just simply amazing and courageous!

Beautiful.

Such an awesome couple <3

Love

This picture is awesome!! For better or worse!! ❤️

This is gonna be amazing!

Such love,you two are such an inspiration to the world ! love and kisses !

So inspirational!

2 years ago

Steve Feinberg
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2 years ago

Terry Black
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3 years ago

Max Stein
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Hey Max, it's yet to be determined. More than likely around the 2 hour mark. It all depends on the flow of the edit, story, and pace. Tons of content, story, footage.

3 years ago

Jacqui Savattere
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3 years ago

Eric Latek
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3 years ago

Eric Latek
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Christina discusses her daily routine in taking care of Gary. TIGER DIARIES is an online video diary of the Balletto family as they cope, learn and battle th...
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3 years ago

John Belluscio Jr
hey Gary I know this is true for you brother
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Gary ... I am a teacher at Winsor Hill School in Johnston. I remember when both Hailey and Gary Jr. attended as they were always so respectful. I also remember how the entire Balletto Family was so involved in our school community. One of the biggest memories I have is the "true love" between you and your wife Christina! The love and bond that you both have will be the driving force to your healing! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray that God continues to give you the strength, courage, and positive energy to heal!

Sending thoughts and prayers,
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Thank you so much for the beautiful message Melinda! I just came across this now… LOL Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and yours

3 years ago

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TIGER DIARIES - For Better or Worse
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=35mEdZfTMN0The Following is a video diary of Gary "Tiger" Balletto, after a spinal cord injury. Dec 22. 2013, Gary was placed back into to the hospital with a UTI, seps...
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3 years ago

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TIGER DIARIES - For Better or Worse
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TIGER DIARIES - For Better or Worse
The Following is a video diary of Gary "Tiger" Balletto, after a spinal cord injury. Dec 22. 2013, Gary was placed back into to the hospital with a UTI, sepsis, mercer and a 106.3 degree temperature. As he began to feel better, we recorded some video diaries so that he could vent. This is one of tho...
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Gary Balletto Christina Puiatti-Balletto you are both in my prayers and heart. I love you both so much. Have faith god has a plan for your healing.

Very poignant and heart felt words from Gary Balletto talking about the vows that one takes at marriage and reflecting on the true meaning as they apply to life. God Bless You Gary and thank you for inspiring words. Sincerely Michael J. Coppola

3 years ago

Eric Latek
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Thanks for the amazing response on Gary's Video Diary we released last night. Woke up to an ocean of positive posts and emails. It's all incredibly appreciated by myself, and I know Gary and family. Many emails are asking about seeing the trailer, so I figured I would repost. There are channels for TIGER below this post, for Dailymotion Vimeo and YouTube. Also, there is tigerthemovie.com. Hope this helps. Thanks again! Keep the Love Coming!
vimeo.com/78725506This is a very deep, intimate, and most personal project of mine. In some ways, you could say it's my life's work. Over twelve years in the making. "Tiger" is a…
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I cried when I saw this..And as anyone on this earth can tell you...That takes some doing..I'm praying for you Gary with all my being..

Pretty work, keep fighting Gary, we wont quit!

My God....i'm speechless after watching that amazing trailer. It hit deep inside my heart...we all pray to see the most incredible and happy ending!!

4 years ago

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4 years ago

Eric Latek
Peter Manfredo Jr. comes back into the ring and wears TIGERs trunks in honor of Gary Balletto.  Classic move by an extremely Class Act fighter!  What a great man!
Win or Lose, all of these fighters displayed heart and class!  A Night of Champions, in honor of the greatest Champ, Tiger Gary Balletto!
Peter Manfredo Jr. comes back into the ring and wears TIGERs trunks in honor of Gary Balletto. Classic move by an extremely Class Act fighter! What a great man!
Win or Lose, all of these fighters displayed heart and class! A Night of Champions, in honor of the greatest Champ, Tiger Gary Balletto!
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Pete!!!

That was a great fight

4 years ago

Eric Latek
Hi Debralee Elizabeth Marianna Iacobucci there is still plenty of work to be done. I would like to say, all will be complete when the Tiger rises! That is our focus and present goal. So, I hope, by this time next year, we will have completed our extensive and epic story. But time will tell. In the meantime, I am getting ready to post our first video diary within the next 24 hours. A scene that ill be the final cut of the film. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 years ago

John Belluscio Jr
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