About the Film:
Join WXXI and Al Sigl Community Agencies for a FREE pre-screening of Gabe – part of Dialogue on Disability special programming.
Dialogue on Disability, WXXI’s annual initiative with Al Sigl Community of Agencies, kicks off Monday, January 23 with a week of special programming designed to stimulate dialogue about people of all abilities and motivate us to be a more inclusive community. The centerpiece of the week is a FREE pre-screening of Gabe on Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre (240 East Ave.). The documentary tells the story of a boy diagnosed with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, who made it his life goal to get a college degree. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Skype with director Luke Terrell.
The film synopsis:
No parent should have to bury their child, but that was the reality that Dick and Josephine Weil faced when their adopted son Gabe was diagnosed with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. By the age of ten, Gabe was wheelchair bound. By his mid teens, he required a full time caretaker. Despite his grim diagnosis, Gabe made it a life goal to get a college degree, knowing that such an accomplishment was more than most could expect of him.
In December of 2013, Gabe graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, fulfilling that dream. Nearly simultaneously, doctors informed him that he had been misdiagnosed all along, and as such, that he might live into his 50s. Although this news was overwhelmingly positive, it presented a surprising obstacle. Gabe did not have any long-term goals. He was forced to rethink his life from scratch. This radical shift in consciousness propelled him to set new goals, continue overcoming obstacles, and manifest more dreams. Gabe is a testament to human perseverance, and a reminder that despite our differences, we are all connected through our shared humanity.