Larger than Life, 2001

2001, 52 minutes.

Cancer is a disaster at any stage in a person’s life, but when you’re 15 and just beginning to assert your independence, life-threatening cancer wrecks everything. You lose your “gang” and maybe your hair; you become dependent again, coddled and protected like a little child. That’s why the Tip of the Toes Foundation, in Quebec, Canada, takes teens with cancer on rugged wilderness expeditions, to let them meet peers in the same situation and turn their self-image from patients to explorers. On this expedition into the extreme Arctic, we’re overwhelmed by nature’s grandeur and the human transformation, and by the courage the courage of the teens to face terrible trials ahead.