DeLorean Time Machine Reaches Hawaii to top $250,000 raised for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Posted Oct 20 2014

Hawaii  — When Marty McFly jumped into the DeLorean time machine in the film Back to the Future, he never could have predicted where it would take him. The same is true for Oliver and Terry Holler.

 

In 2001, they built their own unique version of the famous car and set out on an adventure as volunteers for Team Fox (a branch of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.) They called their mission 'To the Future, a Drive to Cure Parkinson's', and the goal was to 'time travel' to all 50 states raising funds and awareness for the MJFF. After seven years, thousands of miles and more than a few surprised looks from motorists, the Hollers have reached their final destination. Hawaii is the most remote state, but being the nation's fiftieth, it seems fitting that it fell into place as the grand finale to their incredible journey.

Terry remembers how it all began: "We decided to build the time machine as a bucket list item for Oliver, who had just been diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. As the project evolved, his prognosis surprisingly improved and we realized that for whatever the reason, we should be grateful and take advantage of the extra time we're given, and do something meaningful with it." The Hollers had a notion to use the car to satisfy their love of travel, while slyly re-focusing the public's fervent attention and enthusiasm for the car in a beneficial direction, namely, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

This lead to appearances at comic conventions, car shows, festivals — just about anywhere there was an audience to excite and inform. The Hollers credit BacktotheFuture.com as being instrumental in helping spreading the word about their efforts.

Now that the DeLorean has arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii, the pace has not slowed. Oliver and Terry have already given a guest lecture to students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, inspiring them to 'find a passion and direct it towards a purpose.' The Hollers have been greeted by the spirit of Aloha, with scores of inquisitive and generous islanders donating at every opportunity. Oliver describes their Polynesian experience: 'We've been swimming with sea turtles and explored lava tubes, eaten pineapples and coconuts; we've attended ukulele and bamboo festivals, met some wonderful locals — all while driving around on top an active volcanic island!' He adds, 'And we've only been here a few days.' After a few more appearances both on Hawaii and Oahu, they estimate their 'To The Future' mission will have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the MJFF!

The Aloha State may be the finish of an exciting chapter, but it certainly isn't the end of the story.

What's next for the time traveling couple? Oliver is writing a book of their odysseys, and he and Terry plan to be quite busy showing the DeLorean and presenting as guest speakers in 2015, which is the 'futuristic' date Marty McFly travels to.

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As the film's hero says, 'If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!'


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