In August of 2011 Steve Dezember II was diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. …
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Hope For Steve
“HOPE for Steve” is a captivating documentary about two people fighting for a life with everything they have. The story follows an unlikely couple, a counselor and her former patient, who reunite through a chance meeting. After dating for only four months, Steve is diagnosed with the fatal disease ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a rapidly debilitating and terminal motor neuron disease.
Two days after receiving his diagnosis, Steve proposed to Hope. “I know this is going to be really hard, and if you leave I understand. But if you stay, will you marry me?” Without hesitating, she said yes. The film follows the couple from the initial diagnosis through their first two years of marriage, chronicling the unimaginable challenges of ALS contrasted by their unrelenting spirit and thirst for adventure despite Steve’s ever-declining health.
Their journey across the country, along with their rapidly growing social media following, allowed them to meet and befriend musicians and artists such as Dave Matthews, Michael Franti and Gareth Asher. As word grew of their story, Steve and Hope felt compelled to share their highs and lows, constantly redefining the phrase, “live life to the fullest”. The sacrifices made by the couple and their refusal to let ALS stop them from living their lives is a testament to true love — a love that inspires, excites, and offers hope in the midst of a terminal prognosis.
“HOPE for Steve” is the story of two warriors fighting ALS together with the one thing not even a terminal disease can take away; the self-less, honest and inspiring love, which pushes them to champion on.
We are proud to announce that “HOPE For Steve” has officially been selected to screen at the Arizona International Film Festival. The Festival takes place April 9th-24th in Tucson, AZ.
The official screen date for the film will be announced in the coming weeks.
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