an old saying: "Life is what happens to you after
you make your plans." Our Story certainly proves that.
Whether coincidence or fate, the families and friendships
forged in the making of this film make you wonder if the
universe really does have a grand plan and a reason for
Five time Emmy award winning journalist, Giselle Fernandez,
filmed, produced, wrote and lived "Our Story" even before
she knew her documentary would hit home and involve her own
While anchoring a local morning show in Los Angeles, Fernandez,
growing increasingly discouraged by the news profession she
loved, was searching for ways to make her life more
meaningful. Her new husband, who had just left corporate
America for the first time in 40 years, was also
questioning the meaning of life and how one makes a
difference aside from your work.
Just at this moment in time, ironically, Fernandez received a
call from the Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, asking her
to help raise awareness and money for the predominantly
Latino patients it served. It couldn't have come at a
That's how Fernandez first heard about a little boy wonder,
celebrated for being part little boy and part wise old sage,
wrapped up into one very sick body. Eleven year old Dustin
Meraz was racing against the clock in a fight for his life
against a killer cancer and yet displayed the most giving
nature and upbeat and unique outlook on life.
Dustin had developed quite a mystical philosophy of what
life is about and what makes it meaningful. He also knew he
was on a mission to leave his legacy in film with the hope that
sharing his day to day battle with cancer would inspire
grownups to take action and find a cure.
It was his social worker who approached Fernandez about
helping Dustin fulfill his dream to make a documentary about
his fight for life.
For the husband and wife team, the opportunity couldn't have
come at a better time. They thought they would be doing
something meaningful for a little boy. They had no idea, how
much he would end up doing for them.
Six weeks into the filming, the most amazing thing happened.
John's fifteen month old grandson, Nash, was diagnosed with
liver cancer and admitted right next door to Dustin - same
doctors, nurses - same desperate desire to save their lives.
The two families became one and tell the story of their
remarkable journey together. These two families represent
the triumph and tragedy of what's possible when kids get
cancer. It also opens a window into the mystery of the
universe that makes you wonder if people really are brought
together for a reason. What we learn for sure - when you
answer a calling and decide to care, you really can make a
Two little boys, brought together by fate, unlock the
secrets to a meaningful life and remind us that "life is not
measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that
take your breath away."
The film's powerful message calls on all grownups to do
something about the devastation of childhood cancer. But it
says more about the courage of the brave spirit of a little
boy who wanted us to understand it's not just his story -
saving kids lives is all of our story - and turning strangers
into friends by caring is the secret to making a difference
in the world.