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Observational – Documentary
Directed by: Daniel Montoya & Elizabeth Hong
Produced by: Elizabeth Hong & Daniel Montoya
After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, Stephanie fights to walk again. A story about strangers helping strangers and the triumph of human will.
My Fight tells the story of Stephanie Ramirez, a Youtube personality who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer at the age of 21. This film offers an in-depth, intimate look into the life of a young woman facing a terminal illness and the complex decision-making process involved when facing death. My Fight presents these implications in the flesh as we follow Stephanie through this journey. It is a raw view into the world of a woman not only coping with cancer at a very young age but also learning to accept her new body image after losing a limb.
Throughout the story, we see Stephanie battle a roller coaster of obstacles as she is confronted every day by the hardship of this terrible killer. As Stephanie’s YouTube channel begins to gain fans, her life starts to transform from feeling shut out and ostracized by society to wanting to share her raw reality with the world. With an act of kindness from a prosthetic clinic, Stephanie’s life begins to change for the better. But she soon discovers that in order to lose her uncomfortable crutches and reconnect with society, she must learn to walk again with a prosthetic leg.
The film follows Stephanie for one year as her world is turned upside-down, through her experience, we see how young individuals handle everyday pressures and how the human spirit evolves when it is pushed into extreme circumstances in life.
Founded 152 years ago in 1861 by James Edward Hanger, the first amputee of the American Civil War, Hanger, Inc., (NYSE: HGR) delivers orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) patient care, distributes O&P devices and components, and provides therapeutic solutions to the broader post-acute market. Hanger’s more than 1,200 clinicians and 150 therapists help restore mobility and independence to those with limb loss, paralysis, debilitating physical conditions, sports injuries, and other orthopedic anomalies.
Through its Hanger Clinic patient care business, Hanger is the largest owner and operator of O&P patient care clinics with 740+ locations nationwide. Through its subsidiary Southern Prosthetic Supply, Inc. (SPS), Hanger distributes branded and private label O&P devices, products, and components in the United States. Hanger also provides therapeutic solutions through its Innovative Neurotronics and Accelerated Care Plus businesses.
Driven to help other amputees, our founder James Edward Hanger started a prosthetics company that valued compassion and kindness. Today, we keep that drive to help at heart.
Through in-kind donations, volunteerism, and financial contributions, we support individuals and communities that need our help in the United States and abroad, including the physically challenged, the underprivileged, and those affected by devastating events. In addition, we invest in tomorrow’s clinicians through grants to schools around the nation.
Our founder set out to help others. We see it as our responsibility and a privilege to continue that legacy of giving back.
For more information on Hanger, visit http://www.hanger.com. Follow us at www.Facebook.com/HangerNews, www.Twitter.com/HangerNews, and www.YouTube.com/HangerNews.
Mark Ashford – is a certified prosthetist and clinic manager at Hanger Clinic in Ft. Worth, Texas where he has worked since 1978 when he started as a prosthetic technician. Ashford received his Bachelor of Science degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1984, and has been working as a prosthetic clinician for nearly 30 years. Ashford specializes in the fitting of both upper and lower extremity prosthetic devices, and is highly-skilled in the fitting of microprocessor-controlled technology. Ashford has worked with amputees of all ages and ability levels including athletes, children, and geriatric patients. He has also volunteered his expertise to provide clinical care to amputees in Haiti.
Dr. Jeffrey Long – is a board-certified radiation oncologist with 27 years of experience. He practices at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at Terrebonne General Medical Center (MBPCC@TGMC) in Houma, Louisiana, where he currently serves as medical director of oncology services. Dr. Long is also an assistant professor-adjunct in the department of medicine in Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Iowa, followed by his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Long believes that ideal patient care goes beyond technical excellence. Optimal patient care requires an environment that is compassionate and patient-centered with the recognition that each patient is special and unique. A diagnosis of cancer affects the patient, their family, friends, and the community. I routinely go the extra mile to provide the same care for my patients that I would want for myself and my loved ones. Cancer is a frightening word. When patients hear the word cancer they may fear the worst. But I take the time to let them know that there is a large team of dedicated health professionals that will do everything that we can for them. Treating patients in this environment of personalized outstanding care, delivered with compassion and care, is allowing us to cure more patients than was ever possible before. I am fortunate to be working with organizations that share my values and commitment to the patient. MBPCC@TGMC believes as I do: The patient comes first.
Dr. Long- My Fight Dr. Long has an eight page curriculum vitae describing his extensive and varied medical research publications and presentations. In addition to his medical background, Dr. Long is an authority and leading researcher in the field of near-death experience (NDE). He is author of the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences. He founded the nonprofit Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), with over 3000 NDEs posted- the largest publicly accessible collection of NDEs in the world. Sections of the NDERF website have been posted in over 20 different languages. Dr. Long has appeared on NBC’s Dr. Oz show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, The Learning Channel, Discovery Health, History Channel, and National Geographic International television. He has also been interviewed on the nationally syndicated Coast to Coast AM Radio multiple times.