04 July 2008


Earlier this year I had a chance to see Ben Byer's Indestructible at a festival. In short, the film is a documentary following Byer himself as he is diagnosed with, then fights, ALS (or, Lou Gehrig's Disease). It's a powerful documentary, a heartbreaking look at a truly awful disease. If it plays in a city near you, try not to miss it.

For example, it screens in Chicago later this month.

Sadly, there is news today about Byer (via the webpage):

Dear Friends,

Early in the morning of July 3, my brother Ben Byer lost his battle against ALS. He fought up until the end but his body did not match his spirit.

The party that Ben and I were planning for July 17th, to thank all of you, our supporters and friends, will still happen and we welcome you there if you are in the Chicago area. In addition to celebrating the Chicago Premiere of Indestructible, we will celebrate Ben’s life and the legacy he is leaving. He would not want it any other way. The information is below and we hope you will come to celebrate his life with us.

I will continue to work toward fulfilling the mission of ALS Film Fund in raising awareness and change for this brutal disease in Ben’s name, his memory, his spirit and his honor.

Rebeccah Rush