“Brothers” takes viewers on a journey through the lives of brothers, from their childhood to Canada, where they develop a passion for cross-country skiing, to manage Brian’s loss of central vision at age 19 due to Stargardt macular degeneration. Despite living with an incurable degenerative eye disease, Brian and his brother Robin continued to train together, which eventually led to Robin competing in the Winter Olympics and both brothers competing in the Paralympic Winter Games with Robin serving as Brian’s guide.
“Robin and Brian’s story reminds us that with strength, determination and freedom of movement, anything can be accomplished,” said Lisa Materazzo, Group Vice President, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. “Toyota’s support of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement gives us the honor of showcasing our incredible Team Toyota athletes who achieve the impossible every day.”
The 60-second spot begins with Robin teaching Brian to ski at a young age. The brothers (played by actors) are then shown admiring a cross-country ski race on television, transitioning to teenager Brian trying to keep up with Robin as he bikes down a neighborhood hill. The camera then cuts to a close-up x-ray of Brian’s eye, illustrating the moment he learned of his diagnosis from Stargardt. The spot continues with Robin encouraging his brother to move on, vocally guiding him, with intertwining clips depicting moments from their workouts. The spot ends with a scene of the real McKeever brothers crossing the finish line and winning Paralympic gold with the uplifting message, “After Brian lost his sight, the McKeever brothers won 10 Paralympic medals. Together.”
“I hope my story inspires viewers to begin their impossible – whatever that may be,” said Brian McKeever. “I learned firsthand that anything is possible with persistence and the support of a brother, like Robin.”
“Brothers” will air in the first position (A) during the first commercial break of the Big Game on February 13, 2022 on NBC. “Brothers” was created by Toyota’s signature agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, in partnership with Dentsu and directed by Seb Edwards. For credits, please click here.
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