Chris Lucash received the final verdict in June of 2015: He has ALS, a "terminal disease." Heartbroken and angry he started his journey to find meaning in life and in death. How does a person who depended so deeply on his physicality, working with wolves in the wild, deal with this debilitating disease: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease)? This is a transcendent story of a person and a species battling extinction side-by-side.
Chris spent the last 29 years on a team that reintroduced the endangered red wolf into the wild in eastern North Carolina. In 1986 zero red wolves existed outside of captivity. The wild population got up to an estimated 110 to 130 individuals, but just recently declined dramatically to 50 - 75 in the wild in the world. The entire program is under review and potentially faces its demise. Now Chris stares down fate along with the red wolf as they fight for their space and time.
This trailer is for the original feature-length documentary, Staring Down Fate. You will experience Chris' work with red wolves, learn about the importance he places on humans connecting with nature, and witness the extreme physical effects of a disease with many potential causes ranging from genetics to pollution. We will explore these potential causes of ALS, search for insight into ALS clusters, experience the struggle of knowing your life has changed dramatically and your days may be numbered, and search for how to feel fulfilled even when your career work is in jeopardy of being cut.
The film came about because Chris wants his young kids to be able to see what he did in life and in his career. Staring Down Fate will serve to fulfill Chris' dream for more people to learn about the plight of the elusive red wolf and for his kids to learn about nature, wildlife and how their father spent his life. The depth of this story and dissemination of the film will further increase awareness of the devastating effects of the disease throughout new constituencies and will illustrate the need for more ALS research into causes and treatments.
Join us on this journey and be inspired by Chris' story!