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    This documentary project started as a short television story about a summer camp for kids with Tourette’s syndrome. That’s where I met Zack Lamb. In case you don’t know – a tic is an electrical misfire in the brain … a wrong signal that hijacks your muscles or your voice. Many tics are no worse than the hiccups. But when I met him, Zack Lamb’s tics were destroying his life. And threatening to kill the people he loved most in the world.

    After that I stayed with Zack – while he was put into a medically induced coma to stop his legs from kicking uncontrollably. And I was there the day he asked a pretty girl ‘will you be my girlfriend?’ by writing the question on a BASEBALL … and when she said ‘yes.’

    I drove to the hospital with him the day of the experimental neurosurgery that would stab a lightning rod into Zack’s brain – and leave it there.

    Throughout all of that I kept noticing that Zack knew things that I didn’t know. Important things. The kind of things that Helen Keller knew; that Viktor Frankl knew. About where to find hope – where I would only find hopelessness. About love – even in the face of violence.

    Zack is one of those few people who write fresh pages in our shared survival guide. Who struggle on up ahead of us — and then come back — and hand us a map that leads us straight to the very best in ourselves.

    People will sometimes say “never meet your heroes in real life”. But I am deeply grateful I met mine.

    A film by: Aaron Lewis and Aaron Thomas

    Producer: Vicky Strobl

    Sound Mix: Jordan Moser

    Composer: Vicki Hansen

    Editors: Aaron Thomas and Andrew Phillips

    Executive Producer: Andrew Phillips

    Thanks to Camp Twitch and Shout and the Lamb family

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    Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground. Lightning can occur between opposite charges within the thunderstorm cloud (intra-cloud lightning) or between opposite charges in the cloud and on the ground (cloud-to-ground lightning). (Source: NSSL)

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