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To Be Strong: A Powerful 14 Minutes

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The short documentary film, To Be Strong chronicles the struggles of Anthony Daniels, a 22-year-old man from Ridgewood, New Jersey, who is battling Lymphoma for the third time. Daniels is currently in search of a 'ten-out-of-ten' or perfect bone marrow match for a transplant that would ultimately save his life. His condition is so rare that in the registry of some 20 million people not one match has been found thus far. The ultimate goal for the film, To Be Strong, is not only to find Daniels his perfect match, but also to inspire other individuals who may be going through their own battle with cancer.

The film depicts Daniels' unique and rather unorthodox way of fighting his illness. As he undergoes numerous cancer treatments that drain his mind and body, he trains in boxing and weightlifting. He goes to chemotherapy in the morning and when he is finished with his treatment, heads straight to the gym to start boxing. Daniels uses the power of positive thinking and physical exercise to fight off his illness. As he defies the odds, his doctors look on in disbelief. It's been three years now, and according to medical science, Daniels isn't supposed to still be alive.

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