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FRONTLINE; So Much So Fast


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So Much So Fast
Program Number

2508 SD WS 001

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

When he was 29-years-old, Stephen Heywood was diagnosed with ALS - also called Lou Gehrig's disease - and told he had two-to-five years to live. But Stephen and his family refused to accept the doctors' death sentence. "So Much So Fast" follows the Heywoods' passionate, acerbic and relentlessly hopeful reaction to a disease that transforms their lives. Stephen's older brother, Jamie, starts a foundation dedicated to finding a cure through fast-paced guerrilla science that attracts both praise and controversy. Stephen gets married, and he and his wife, Wendy, have a son. They confront the encroaching paralysis of ALS with a mix of courage and humor, and, surrounded by friends and family, upend the cliches of their situation. From Oscar-nominated filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern"), "So Much So Fast" tells a haunting story of one family's unexpected answers to some of life's biggest questions.



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Public Affairs
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