Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Lou Gehrig’s Disease

It Ain’t Over (2012 documentary short)

Once a man with all the answers, Dr. Ed Dobson is struggling to resolve his own questions before succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

It Ain’t Over (2012 documentary short)

After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, a graffiti artist regains his voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art and write once again.

Jim Said No (2011 documentary)

Shot a few times a month over a three year period, the film follows the couple and their son as they confront the father’s Lou Gehrig’s disease. They took a pro-active approach:  The couple has raised over $70,000 towards ALS research. They started an annual Walk to Defeat ALS as well as an annual basketball tournament, The Kingsbury Classic, in their home town of Bangor, Maine. They also spent their own money to go Washington DC on two separate occasions to lobby Congress and were an integral part of helping to pass the ALS Registry Act.

Moving Gracefully Towards the Exit (2011 documentary)

American Choreographer Patrice Regnier and French scientist Michel Gouilloud agreed to film the last years of Mr. Gouilloud’s life, after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. After Mr. Gouilloud died in 1997, Ms. Regnier put the footage away, unable to touch the some 60 hours of film. In 2003, a young woman named Chloe, renting the home where the footage was shot, found the tapes. Chloe wrote to Patrice , asking her to share this story.

Merhaba (2011 short)

When Özge Güven flew over 5,000 miles to Istanbul, Turkey to visit her father, she never expected his Lou Gehrig’s disease to have progressed so quickly. Faced with the impossible task of convincing her stubborn father to seek assistance, she is forced to decide whether to stay in Istanbul to aid in his immediate care, or return to New York City, to pursue her own life.

Leave Them Laughing (2010 documentary)

Life and quips about death from the wheelchair of a woman who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known performer of ballads, skits and self-parody, now fated by Lou Gehrig’s Disease to die within a year, Carla Zilbersmith will leave a teen-aged son.

You Don’t Know Jack (2010 TV movie)

Docu-drama look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.   Over nine years at least 130 people used Kevorkian’s “suicide machine” to take their own lives.  With the push of a button, patients were able to give themselves a lethal dose of chemicals.  One patient, a sufferer of Lou Gehrig’s disease, was not able to operate the machine.  In his case, Kevorkian administered the drugs himself, videotaping the procedure and sending the tape to CBS.  Despite the recording of Kevorkian’s repeated questioning and the repeated affirmations of the patient, Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder and spent eight years in prison.

Indestructible (2007 documentary)

Autobiographical film chronicles Ben Byer’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, over a period of three years. At first he seeks medical answers. When those become exhausted and exhausting, he turns his search into a spiritual quest in hopes of finding an explanation for the cause of his affliction. He interviews prominent neurologists and clergy from both West and East, including bestselling author and neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, Chinese neurosurgeon Hongyun Huang, and Rabbi Daniel Gordis, discussing medicine and theodicy. He also meets, interviews, and bonds with others suffering from the same disease, discovering that the ones most isolated are the most in need of connection.

In Sickness and in Health (2007 documentary)

Chronicles the lives of three same-sex couples fighting to marry the partners they love-and tragically, one couple’s heartbreak as their dream dies because one of them is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

So Much So Fast (2006 documentary)

A man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease deals with the woman falling for him and a brother who becomes obsessed with finding a cure.

North Country (2005)

A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States, Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, brought and won in 1984 by a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner. The Glory character in the movie was a woman named Pat Kosmach who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease and died before the case was settled. She was a divorced mother of 5 children who went to work in the mines to support her children.

Three Sisters: Searching for a Cure (2004 TV documentary)

Features the three Estess sisters and their battle to save one sister’s life against Lou Gehrig’s Disease before she succumbed to the disease in December 2003.

The Jane Pauley Show (2004 TV series)   Episode: Episode #1.2

The value of documenting one’s own life is explored. The main guest is a 39-year-old woman with Lou Gehrig’s Disease who wants to make a record of her life for her 3-year-old son. Also looks at the StoryCorps oral history project.

Jenifer (2001)

The triumphant true story of three sisters who unite in the face of adversity when one of them is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Through Riley’s Eyes (2000 short)

Riley a jazz trumpet player is stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 TV movie)

A man becomes caught up in his career as a sport commentator and journalist. One day, on TV, he sees one of his professor’s, a famous scholar, giving an interview stating that he is dying of Lou Gehrig disease. He begins to visit him once a week, and to tape their conversations.

At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story (1998 TV movie)

Documentary drama film about the life of Canadian assisted suicide advocate Sue Rodriguez. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was diagnosed in 1991 with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and fought for the right to have the right to die early so she would not have to face years of debilitating illness. Because the criminal code of Canada prohibits assisted suicide with a sentence of up to 14 years, she took her case to the Supreme Court, where she lost. She eventually took her own life with the help of an anonymous physician in 1994.

Becker (1998 TV series)  Episode: Talking Points

Becker manages to get a machine for a patient with Lou Gehrig’s Disease but is disturbed when the patient’s family is less than enthused.

Hugo Pool (1997)

An LA pool cleaner falls in love with a young man with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Love Affair: Eleanor & Lou Gehrig Story  (1978).

A biopic of the New York Yankees Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig. The story continues after Gehrig’s emotional farewell speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 through the final stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, including when he died less than two years later.

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name.

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