My name is Amy Jacobson and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Ithaca College in 2018 with a major in film and photography, where I spent most of my time there making documentaries. I have been making films since I was in high school, where I won my first film festival.
I got the idea for this film when I was in a chocolate shop in New Paltz, New York, which happened to be the employer of Leah's dad, Criag. The shop had a donation jar for a little girl who was on dialysis and needed a kidney transplant. My grandma was on dialysis for 13 years so I knew just how taxing that could be. I put some money in the jar and went home. The next day I couldn't stop thinking about it so I googled Leah and found her facebook page. I reached out to her mom, Kristel, asking if I could make a film. Fortunately, she said yes and as they say, the rest was history!
Making this film was a lot of fun. The Storms really welcomed me into their family and were very open and honest with me which I felt really showed on film. I think the best part about making this film was when the girls were just goofing around being the funny kids they are. Both girls had me laughing all the time! I wanted this film to be something the girls can look back on and see how lucky they were to have had such an amazing support system which they've had behind them from the very start.
I have received nothing but positive feedback about this film. Everyone comments what a lovely family the Storms are and the strength they have shown. I have had multiple people comment on how amazing it is that they are just so happy and optimistic even though they have been through hell. Many people have commented how they don't think they would be able to do what Kristel and Craig have done and I think it just shows what remarkable people they are.
Making this film has really shown me how much I like making films that can help people. I like sharing people's stories that otherwise would not have been told. In the future I hope I can continue to share the stories of remarkable people who have overcome some great obstacles and are stronger because of it.