Hello fellow Bikelantians, my name is Luis Villamizar and I'm the co-producer of Bikelantis. I was working with Manny to complete the film and preparing for the initial release this summer as a "live" documentary. Sadly, some of you may already know, Manny is presently believed to have passed away a few weeks ago. Through this difficult time, I've seen an outpour of love, comments and gestures for Manny that have touched my heart as he left such a positive impact with those who knew him and I’m sure will continue to touch the lives of many others through his film. Bikelantis will be completed in due time. Today, if you are not able to attend the service below, I ask for you to remember my dear friend Manny and celebrate his life, on what seems to be fitting, National Get Outdoors Day. - Luis Eduardo Villamizar #livelikeManny #Bikelantis
A message from the family:
Emmanuel Cervantes, 35, of Lafayette, IN, is presently believed to have passed away on May 15, 2014. He was affectionately known as “Manny” to his friends and family.
A visitation with his family will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament 2224 Sacramento Dr. West Lafayette, IN 47906. Funeral services will be held there immediately following at 11 a.m.
Manny was the type of person we often don’t come across. He was an artist, philosopher, visionary, and adventurer. He loved his life and lived it to the fullest. He found beauty where it’s often overlooked and was always filled with hope for a better tomorrow. When he walked into a room, it was immediately consumed with positive energy. His laugh and smile were contagious. Manny was a great listener and teacher who was always there for friends, family, and general acquaintances to offer advice or a consoling heart. He sought a deep understanding of his purpose, doing his part to leave a lasting and positive change on the world. Those that had to pleasure to know and love him are all better off because of the positive light he radiated.
Manny was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but registered as a Mexican citizen to Susana Venis and Alvaro Cervantes on April 11, 1979. He was raised in Montgomery County, IN by his mother and her husband, Randall Venis, and graduated from North Montgomery High School where he was a part of the 1995-96 state champion football team. He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and spent his career working in various small business media production settings, shooting and editing commercials and other video projects. He worked as a public health educator and interpreter at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. His free-lance promotional videos for various artists and community arts and cultural events are widely viewed online. Emmanuel was also involved in teaching youth in the community. In his later years, he grew as a bicycling enthusiast and had recently been working on documentary film chronicling his various cycling trips around the country. He was to begin screening his work in August, 2014.
Emmanuel is preceded in death by his grandmother, Maria Montes de Oca Tovar, great grandmother, Mary Bonebrake, grandfathers, James Venis and Javier Montes de Oca, and father, Alvaro Cervantes. He is survived by parents, Randy and Susana Venis, siblings, Juan Carlos Venis, Karina Venis, Cynthia Vinasco, grandmother, Betty Venis, as well as his brother-in-law, Julian Vinasco and nieces, Nayeli and Alexa.
The family of Emmanuel wishes to extend sincere thanks to the friends and family that have kept them in their hearts during this unimaginably painful time. They also want to thank the community members and those at Carnahan Hall, Virtuous Cycles, Axiom551, Instant Copy, Madmen Creative, and rikx for their help in planning the beautiful memorial bike ride for Manny that took place on June 7.
To learn more about Emmanuel and what it means to #livelikemanny, be sure to see www.livelikemanny.com within the next couple days (it's almost ready...). Details can be found there regarding a memorial fund that has been established in his name.