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Those of us lucky enough to be in the Welder Center in early December feel a special connection to Craig Fox and his children.

Fox has been battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, for three years. He and two other Victorians with ALS are featured in a documentary the Advocate premiered in the Welder Center. The film, an ongoing print series and related material are all at

In the next installment of this ongoing series, scheduled Sunday, you'll meet the woman who fell in love with Fox despite his terminal illness. The installment coincides with the second annual ALS Stroll, Roll 'n' Run to benefit research to find a cure.

Also this week, we learned the work is the winner of the national Associated Press Managing Editors' Innovator of the Month contest. "Victoria’s project is incredibly powerful and moving and worthy of recognition," said Bob Heisse, APME vice president and Innovations Committee chairman.

For the same work, the Advocate also won first place in creative use of multimedia storytelling from the Inland Press Association, another national journalism organization. The Advocate competed against newspapers of up to 200,000 circulation. Second place went to the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee.

"The Victoria Advocate’s 'A Father’s Strength' combines several methods of multimedia storytelling for a remarkably thorough look at ALS through several lenses," Inland judges from Northwestern University wrote. "The carefully reported six-part series and documentary could each stand easily on its own, and yet the ambitious online package lends informative context to the central story and provides its audience with many different entry points into the material."

We hope this recognition inspires you to read Sunday's update and participate in the Stroll, Roll 'n' Run, which begins with a sermon at 10:30 a.m. in Riverside Stadium. If you saw the Rev. Bill Hassel in the documentary, you know this will be a service to remember.