CFRI is proud to announce the Fourth Annual Wine for a Cure to take place on Sunday, May 20th, 2012. This year, we will have a VIP Reception, followed by a special screening of the award winning documentary, The Power of Two.
THE POWER OF TWO - SYNOPSIS
A story of twin sisters, two cultures, and two new chances at life.
Inspired by their 2007 memoir, “The Power Of Two” offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the CF and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles — and overlooked joys — of chronic illness.
The twins' receiving new lungs would have been unlikely in their mother's native country, Japan, where organ donation rates are strikingly low. At the crux of a rising movement to change laws and stigmas, Ana and Isa embark on a tour of Japan to inspire change in the hearts and minds of a culture resistant to transplantation.
Featuring archival footage and probing expert interviews, this poignant directorial debut of Academy Award nominated producer Marc Smolowitz (“The Weather Underground”, “Trembling Before G-d) presents a multi-faceted portrayal of a society at a tipping pointaround this triumph of modern medicine. Back in the U.S., the twins rejoice in their ability to breathe with healthy lungs, sharing their story, mentoring others, and experiencing unexpected life milestones.
Evocative without being sentimental, “The Power Of Two” reveals the twins not as heroines but as authentic women who share our fears about mortality and inspire us to make a difference.
The Wine for a Cure event will raise money to provide funds for research necessary to find better life saving treatments and an eventual cure for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a fatal, genetic disease that affects over 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. There are dozens of families here in the East Bay who are currently dealing with this disease. In recent years, we have lost several of our residents and a committee member to CF. We are looking to you, our community, to help us fund this vital research before we lose any more of our children.
To purchase tickets, visit: www.cfri.org/wineforacure.shtml
Your support is vital in funding a cure for cystic fibrosis and we appreciate your consideration.