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Posted on Fri, May 3, 2013 : 12:01 p.m.

Ann Arbor Active Against ALS documentary to air on Detroit Public TV

By Jenn McKee


A documentary about University of Michigan professor Bob Schoeni's struggle with ALS, and the nonprofit organization that formed (Ann Arbor Active Against ALS, or A2A3) in the wake of his diagnosis five years ago, will air on Detroit Public Television on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. (After Sunday's airing of "One Step Ahead," the film will be available for viewing on Vimeo through May 31.)

A press release contains additional details about the film:

Leading a successful life, revolving around family and academics, University of Michigan professor Bob Schoeni was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in the summer of 2008. Schoeni and his family quickly found support from friends and co-workers ready to defy the odds and to find a cure for ALS. This documentary, created by Palindrome Productions, tells the wonderful story of how these friends came together to help Bob’s family and others effected by ALS.

Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (, the grassroots movement inspired by Schoeni’s diagnosis, continually searches for fundraising ways to shore up cure-based funding for ALS. “One Step Ahead” explores how this positive approach guides Bob, his family, his medical team, and his supporters during a 7-month period in 2012. Fundraising efforts highlighted include six women who swim the English Channel to raise global awareness about ALS, as well as raising money for ALS research; the joint effort of A2A3 and University of Michigan’s Phi Delta Theta, and their annual Boxcar Derby; and A2A3’s Family Field Day, where examples of an active lifestyle are encouraged and demonstrated.

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.