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Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School

2111 West 47th Street

Chicago, IL 60609

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Cabrera Capital Markets and The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council present a Higher Ground Entertainment Production of A Sacred Journey, a powerful documentary about the transformative power of caring.


Filmmaker Ernesto Quintero's remarkable documentary, A Sacred Journey, will make you want to run home and hug your loved ones. In this must-see film, the camera glides into the complexities of a brother's devastating terminal diagnosis and the immense care that will be required to see him through the three years he was given to live. At 35, Juan Jose Quintero was diagnosed with ALS (Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), a ravaging disease that eventually renders patients completely immobile as the nerve cells that control muscle movement begin to die. This shattering disease is still a mystery to the medical field, and as such, it is considered incurable.

What also becomes utterly apparent throughout the film is the heroic nature of caregiving, a 24/7 endeavor whose contributors receive a much-deserved spotlight. A 2014 study from the Clorox Corporation, avid supporters of this film, revealed that there are currently 66 million caregivers in the nation; it is a sobering thought, as echoed by a quote at the top of the film from former First Lady Rosalind Carter, that at some point, most of us will either be on the receiving or giving end of care. This concept is most powerfully personified in the film by Micaela Quintero, the family's matriarch, who at sixty-eight gave up her successful thirty-year flower shop in order to go back to school and obtain a Certified Nurse Assistant certificate which would allow her to best care for her son at home. Additionally, her husband and five children all fulfill their roles as caregivers; it's truly a family affair.

TRAILER: https://asacredjourneyfilm.com/

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