World Wide Motion Picture is teaming up with AMC Ahwatukee 24 to bring the motion picture, “Ways to Live Forever,” an award-winning and cancer-themed family film to Ahwatukee on Friday, Oct. 18.

The film is based on British author Sally Nicholls’ novel, which centers around protagonist Sam, a 12-year-old leukemia patient, and his best friend, Felix.

Throughout the film the two characters try to overcome their illness and learn inspirational life lessons about family, friends and life.

The film provides the viewer a different insight about how cancer affects both patients and their family, while offering an uplifting feel on how the two boys really live life to the fullest.

Paul Hancock, CEO of World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation, said they opened the film to general audiences in July in various cities around the country.

“One of the things that stuck out for us during the opening is that a lot of people requested that the film go to Phoenix,” he said.

Hancock added that he and his team wanted to screen a film that would have various impacts in communities and also be able to partner with organizations around the country trying to fight cancer.

According to the World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation press release, the World Wide team has partnered up with numerous health organizations, hospitals and cancer foundations throughout the country, which includes the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and John Hopkins.

“That’s the type of process we go through, we look for things that can be very hands-on and will get the community involved,” Hancock said. “So every city we go to we talk to the children’s hospital in the area and we talk to various groups.”

The partnership assists with promotion of the film and a portion of the box office proceeds are donated back in the support of their efforts.

Hancock said the film seems to invoke a lot of discussion among family, sending a powerful message.

“It’s a film that really makes you think about life and think about family on how death and dying affects families and how they handle it,” he said.

For more information about the “Ways to Live Forever,” visit AMC Ahwatukee 24 is located at 4915 E. Ray Road.

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