At 31, Derek Dienner was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. Faced with his own mortality, Derek learned how to turn tragedy into a motivator for change. As Derek reflected on his journey, he realized August 24th, 2017 was not the day he was diagnosed with cancer, but the day he became alive.
“As a friend and colleague of Derek, I had the misfortune yet tremendous opportunity to document his diagnosis, treatment and recovery but more interestingly perhaps, the moments in between. Being a filmmaker, Derek was bold in his on-camera examination of fear and regret in a way that I haven’t seen captured before. I do believe that this film has the power to inspire people to be vigilant yet stay positive whether the challenge they face is cancer or something entirely different.” – Allen Clements
Silver Telly Winner in Online: Documentary: Individual
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Walid Hesham, MD
Directors | Aaron Dienner & Allen Clements
Executive Producer | Derek Dienner
Producers | Allen Clements, Lisbet Byler, Catlin Williams, & Grace Wagner
Director of Photography | Aaron Dienner
Additional Camera | Steve Buckwalter
Behind the Scenes Camera Operator | Jacob Hopkins
Editor | Aaron Dienner
Credits & Title Design | Derek Hollister
Derek would like to thank:
- Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
- Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute
- Krista Fisher for encouraging me to get the colonoscopy.
- The MAKE films crew for helping to tell my story and for their support.
- F*#K Cancer T-Shirt Crew
- My family and friends