John Preston has spent many years of his life documenting his journey as he has risen in the music industry while also appearing in the public spotlight as an advocate for veteran and first responder mental health. This quest has always been personal for Preston who is a Marine combat veteran, a professional firefighter and tragically lost his older brother Michael (Marine and Police Officer) to suicide in 2016. Aside from several top 200 songs as a Sony recording artist highlighting topics such as mental health awareness, in 2020 Preston set out to make a larger difference in the world. John walked more than 600 miles down the coast of California from Palo Alto to San Diego, which took 28 days of walking 22+ miles a day with a 50lb pack. The struggles and challenges were beyond belief as he decimated his body for love of his older brother. The experience of the hike with all of its intensity and almost insurmountable obstacles have led us to today. On October 11, 2023 Preston and his team will walk the East Coast an estimated 704 miles. The hike will span from Parris Island, South Carolina (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) where his brother’s ashes are spread, through their hometown in Warsaw, Kentucky and finally ending in Cincinnati, Ohio where Preston will set the pack down for good on Veterans Day November 11, 2023. “We are bringing this home.. we have to bring this home. Thousands were at Michael’s funeral and they need their opportunity to close this chapter, to honor my brother in the purest of ways, at our side, in unity, with love.”
Now signed with Executive Producer Paul Sadowski (unrealistic Ideas, Wahlburg, Levinson, Full Range Films), the four part series of Preston’s journey entitled “Carry the Weight” is set to release by early 2024. Preston and all involved know the impact they will make on the lives of the first responder and veteran community as well as resonating with any other person that has struggled with or been affected by a battle with mental health.
Please contact John for information on how to support as we are currently looking for both sponsors and investors for the hike and film.
650 576 5282