Today we want to honor and remember Russell Wolfe who recently passed away after his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Russell Wolfe was the co-founder of Pure Flix Entertainment, which has produced over 100 Christian films, such as In the Blink of an Eye, Mission Air and of course, one of his most recent successes, God’s Not Dead. Many of these films are personal favorites and have been viewed by thousands of people, touching and witnessing to each of them.
Russell Wolfe was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis during the release of God’s Not Dead. According to the ALS Association,
“ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment – “No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.
Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their demise. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. The motor nerves that are affected when you have ALS are the motor neurons that provide voluntary movements and muscle control. Examples of voluntary movements are making the effort to reach for a smart phone or step off a curb. These actions are controlled by the muscles in the arms and legs.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to Russell Wolfe’s family, and once again we want to honor him and the work that he did in expanding God’s Kingdom here on earth, reaching thousands of people in the few short years that he lived here.