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THE POWER OF TWO

Twin sisters, two cultures, two new chances at life.

THE POWER OF TWO

Twin sisters, two cultures, two new chances at life.

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About The Power Of Two
The Power of Two (2011)
Documentary
The Power of Two (2011)
Production
Directed and Produced By Marc Smolowitz, Produced by Andrew Byrnes
Time
1 hours, 34 minutes
Language
English, Japanese
Country
United States

A story of twin sisters, two cultures, and two new chances at life. Inspired by their 2007 memoir, ``The Power Of Two`` offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the CF and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles -- and overlooked joys -- of chronic illness.

``The Power Of Two is an inspiring triumph of the human spirit against unfathomable adversity. It is a brutal and beautiful tale of shared survival.`` -- Jack Black, Golden Globe nominated actor and musician

``The Power of Two tells a powerful story through captivating filmmaking. The courage of the Stenzel twins will inspire you, and after watching this film, their journey and mission will become yours. This is documentary filmmaking at its best - moving, informative, and a call-to-action.`` -- Yul Kwon - Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands (Season 13) / Competing on Survivor: Winners at War (Season 40)

Addendum: In 2011, Anabel was diagnosed with small bowel cancer; cystic fibrosis patients have an elevated risk of gastrointestinal cancer. Sadly, after living a full life every day, Ana died on September 22, 2013 at her California home. She was 41.

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REMEMBERING ANA

Anabel Mariko Stenzel, January 8, 1972 - September 22, 2013

The Power of Two book and film capture the passion and essence of Anabel Stenzel’s life. Sadly, in 2011, just as the film premiered, Ana developed small bowel cancer, a very rare outcome of the CF gene and immunosuppression. After a two-year battle of chemotherapy, Ana died as a patient at Mission Hospice, surrounded by friends and family. Ana died the way she lived: determined, fiercely defiant, grateful for every breath, and soaking up the love from her closest friends and family.

Ana also lived her life devoted to service. In addition to sixteen years as a genetic counselor at Stanford Hospital, Ana advocated endlessly for those with genetic disease and their families. Her advocacy for organ donation awareness persisted in death, when she donated her cornea so that two women in Maryland could see. She was honored as a tissue donor on the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, with her photo depicted as a floragraph.

In 2014, Ana was honored at the Transplant Games of America for her service on the Transplant Games committee and as a chair of Team Nor Cal. Her image was placed on the medals in 2014. She is also remembered at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. Conference where the Anabel Stenzel Partners in Living Award is presented to a shining person with CF who is dedicated to service.

Through her stories, Ana lives on. Ana continues to inspire people through her book, her film, her imprint at the Transplant Games of America, in the CF community and in her professional genetic counseling community. She continues to accompany Isabel in spirit and teach her about life and navigating the grief journey.

The Power of Two book and film capture the passion and essence of Anabel Stenzel’s life. Sadly, in 2011, just as the film premiered, Ana developed small bowel cancer, a very rare outcome of the CF gene and immunosuppression. After a two-year battle of chemotherapy, Ana died as a patient at Mission Hospice, surrounded by friends and family. Ana died the way she lived: determined, fiercely defiant, grateful for every breath, and soaking up the love from her closest friends and family.

Ana also lived her life devoted to service. In addition to sixteen years as a genetic counselor at Stanford Hospital, Ana advocated endlessly for those with genetic disease and their families. Her advocacy for organ donation awareness persisted in death, when she donated her cornea so that two women in Maryland could see. She was honored as a tissue donor on the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, with her photo depicted as a floragraph.

In 2014, Ana was honored at the Transplant Games of America for her service on the Transplant Games committee and as a chair of Team Nor Cal. Her image was placed on the medals in 2014. She is also remembered at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. Conference where the Anabel Stenzel Partners in Living Award is presented to a shining person with CF who is dedicated to service.

Through her stories, Ana lives on. Ana continues to inspire people through her book, her film, her imprint at the Transplant Games of America, in the CF community and in her professional genetic counseling community. She continues to accompany Isabel in spirit and teach her about life and navigating the grief journey.

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