Former Advocate intern Drew Stewart arrived Tuesday in Victoria, on the eve of Wednesday's world premiere of his documentary, "Breadth of Hope."
You might remember Drew from his hilarious antics last fall on "Friday Night Rewind." When not shooting video of high school football, Drew discovered a much more serious story -- about three families living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Their stories so moved Drew and Advocate reporter Erica Rodriguez that they set out to tell them in a meaningful way. The latest installment of Erica's occasional print series, "A Father's Strength," appeared on Thanksgiving Day. Drew's 85-minute documentary, "Breadth of Hope," opens Wednesday at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.
As of this writing, some tickets remain available for those arriving when doors open at 5:30 p.m. You also may purchase them in advance by calling the Welder Center at 361-570-8587. A portion of the proceeds will go toward ALS research.
I watched a rough cut of the movie, and I highly recommend this inspirational story to you. You'll walk out with renewed respect for the true meaning of commitment, faith and family.
Many of us know about Gehrig's famous farewell speech to baseball. Sixty-nine years later, it's hard to believe we're no closer to a cure for this mysterious disease that strikes without warning or reason.
After Wednesday's film, I have the honor of asking a few questions of Drew and Craig Fox, one of the three ALS patients featured in the film. I hope I'll be able to compose myself after seeing the movie for a second time and adequately thank the three featured families for sharing their message of hope.
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