This had to be one of the most gratifying projects we have worked on. I was introduced to Halen through a colleague who asked if I would be willing to do a short video for him that would be shown at his benefit/fundraiser. It took me a few seconds to respond with a resounding YES! Halen's story is an encouragement for those in the fight with cancer... especially considering he is 13 years old. His sense of humor, amazing attitude and zest for life despite his circumstance is contagious.

Filmed with a 7D & 24-70. Cut in Final Cut. I discovered after the shoot that the frequency of the fluorescent lights in the hospital caused the colored lines, quite a bummer.

Here is a description of the film (if you are moved to contribute to Halen there is information below):

Some of the most terrifying words a parent can hear: "I'm sorry to tell you this but, your son has cancer". On September 30, 2010 those are the words Halen's parents received regarding their 13 year old son. Halen had been suffering from chronic fatigue and other unexplained symptoms and after several misdiagnoses, he was rushed to the hospital and later diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood that aggressively attacks the immune system.

This film was made for Halen's benefit on December 3rd, 2010. Halen will give you a glimpse into his world and walk you through his typical day in the hospital. You can see that he has not lost his sense of humor, he is a strong courageous young man.

LiveWire Films was very honored to be able to produce this film for Halen, this was a project we will never forget.

Please keep Halen in your prayers as his journey ahead will still have many rough roads. If you would like to contribute to the family to assist with the tremendous medical expenses you can send contributions to: Bremer Bank c/o Halen Hirsch Benefit, PO Box 2043, St. Cloud, MN 56302-2043. For more information you can email:

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