37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

No Ordinary Campaign

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In 2017, Brian Wallach and his wife Sandra Abrevaya’s lives drastically changed. Shortly after welcoming their newborn daughter, Brian received a devastating diagnosis of ALS, with doctors giving him roughly six months to live. Once a power couple working for the Obama Administration, the two now faced the anxieties of what Brian’s diagnosis would mean for their family. Their concerns grew as they realized they must navigate the diagnosis within a healthcare system plagued by apathetic doctors and exploitative non-profits.

Six years later, this determined couple, unwilling to surrender their family to despair, has taken their battle to Washington, D.C., where they advocate for the millions of patients seeking a voice amidst a crumbling healthcare system. No Ordinary Campaign chronicles one couple’s efforts to spark a healthcare revolution, demonstrating that victory can be achieved even when the odds seem insurmountable.

Introduction by Dr. Lawrence Phillips (UVA Health).

Discussion with director Chris Burke, Andrea Goodman (I AM ALS),
Jim Plews-Ogan, MD (Hummingbird Fund), and Ian H. Solomon (UVA).
Moderated by Justin Mutter (UVA).

Presented by


Haney Conference for Compassionate Care at the End of Life

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