Dallas CEO Inspiring Many Through His Courageous 15-year Battle with ALS
DALLAS, Nov. 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Fotolanthropy, creators of the award-winning documentary “Travis: A Soldier’s Story,” premiered their newest film, “The Luckiest Man,” to a sold-out crowd of 800 attendees at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas on October 22nd. Containing heartfelt interviews from John Paine, his family, friends and colleagues, the documentary chronicles how John’s 15-year battle with ALS has transformed his own faith life, as well as the lives of those around him.
Although the average life expectancy following an ALS diagnosis is typically 2-5 years, John Paine has courageously battled ALS for 15 years. His incredible perspective on how this disease has radically transformed his relationship with Christ will give hope to anyone facing difficult life circumstances. John’s story challenges us to think about how God wants to use life’s difficulties to transform our hearts and our lives.
John shares, “If I were given the opportunity to be fully healed and be able to hold my wife’s hand again, put my arm around her, hug my grandchildren, pick up a cup of coffee, not have to drink it out of a straw, if I was able to be healed again and fully well, but in doing so I would have to go back to my former relationship with God. If I had that option, or I remain paralyzed, eventually will suffocate, but I got to experience this incredible relationship with God, I will tell you I would not hesitate. I will choose every time to maintain the relationship with God that I have today over anything because this is true living, and it’s the reason why I admonish men daily to not wait until they’re dying before they start really living.”
John continues his love for personal mentorship by challenging other men to passionately pursue deeper relationships with others and with their Savior.
Longtime friend Gary Wood says of John’s mentoring, “I heard John say one time, ‘I may go home to be with the Lord earlier than I had planned, but my role now is to take as many guys with me as I can.’ That’s how he’s lived his life every day since he found out he had ALS.”
John’s story has received an incredible response, and Fotolanthropy is pursuing opportunities to take the documentary nationwide. The film’s premiere concluded with an on-screen personal message from John Paine himself, followed by a standing ovation for John and his family.
Event emcee and Fox 4 Dallas news anchor Richard Ray shares, “The statement that this man made about his life, the adversity he’s gone through, and the place that it has led him to, this awesome place where he’s at peace with his God. It was really incredible.”
To view the film trailer and learn more about John’s story,
please visit: Fotolanthropy.com/LuckiestManFilm
About Fotolanthropy: Fotolanthropy is a Dallas-based non-profit organization, made up of photographers and filmmakers, that documents inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity. Founded in 2011 by professional photographer Katie Norris, Fotolanthropy has created photography and documentary films for individuals affected by cancer, autism, SMA, natural disasters, and more. Most notably, Fotolanthropy produced the feature documentary “Travis: A Soldier’s Story” (www.travisthemovie.com) about Army veteran and quadruple-amputee Travis Mills. This film screened in over 40 cities across the country, including a special screening at our nation’s Capitol building in Washington D.C. and a sold-out 2014 Veterans Day screening in Dallas. The film was an official selection of the 2014 Lifetree Film Festival and winner of Best Documentary Short at the 2014 GI Film Festival.
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