Garret Cockayne (Lululemon manager)
Words can hardly even describe how I feel after watching the premiere of The Hope for Steve documentary today. The story of Steve Dezember, 31, who has ALS, and his amazing love story with is beautiful wife, Hope.
The tears started within the first minute and never stopped. There were tears of joy, tears of heartbreak and tears of complete laughter. This movie was so unbelievably moving, as I knew it would be, but what I actually saw today with so much more than that. I am mad as hell at this horrendous disease that is robbing this beautiful man's life, but then inspired and moved by the love and joy Hope brings to Steve's life each and everyday. Their love can move mountains and change the world.I'm mad as hell that research for this horrendous disease is so unbelievably underfunded, but then I am so hopeful that something can be done to change that. That something starts with this movie. This love story of Hope and Steve.
They truly exhibit “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” love; the overwhelming love that everyone hopes to find in their lifetime. The love that God designed for us to share, to really live. The love that He tells us about in 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Love… always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” That is Hope & Steve love. While they depend on others for support, so many others look to them to for inspiration. They set the benchmark for living each day to the fullest. They live on very little but have so much. Despite his health and their financial situation, they are truly rich. We all have so much to learn from them. Those of us who were able to be at the premier walked away better than we were when we walked in. We witnessed a transparent tale of two people that fell in love and held on tight through the whirlwind of life. The Documentary: Hope for Steve… love, laughter, and standing ovations.
Betsy Pyle Armentrout (Follower/Supporter)
I learned about your event in the AJC on Saturday. My family has battled a related degenerative neurological disease and the article grabbed my attention. I did not know Hope and Steve prior to watching the documentary. Having witnessed the disease and their relationship through the documentary, I feel like a part of their community and now a warrior in their fight. Their candidness, humor, and integrity throughout the movie imprinted in my heart. Thank you for being courageous. These diseases tend to have quiet voices. Thank you for shouting words of love, optimism, and pain. Your fight and your voice makes a difference
The Documentary Hope for Steve premier was emotional… impactful… captivating! We were invited into the life of Hope & Steve, to share in their joy, and in their sorrow, to get a glimpse into their love story.
The time came for the Buckhead Theatre Premiere and I had friends taking pictures for the event, singing at the even, and donating artwork for the event. Everyone was so excited and eager to see a film that would inspire a lovesick generation and culture to believe once more that love does indeed conquer all. At least, after the insane lack of healthy and successful relationships I've endured, and consoling multiple friends with aching hearts over too new breakups, that is why I went and what I needed that particular afternoon. I remember going with Adelaide Tai and hearing her say "I think this will be good for our spirits!"
The film was beautiful. It captured the spirit of the couple so deeply. You watched laughing and weeping, feeling like it was your best friends going through this terrible disease with such grace and love. For some, that was the case, but I'd never actually met Hope or Steve, but in a weird way-- I knew them. The film captured how terrible ALS is while allowing the light of Hope and Steve to radiate through to the audience. What was captured by the lens made you care and made you pay attention to this couple who refuse to let ALS have the last word in their lives and in their love.
If you want something nice and easy, do not watch. If you want to go about your life unchanged, avoid this film. If you're looking to be inspired and moved, not only watch this film- but share it with others. Ask what you can do to help, and think about how much greater life is when the stakes are raised and love is on the line. This film is a call to action against ALS- you cannot watch and sit idly by.
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Lots of love!