Logo luka and the lights

Explain ALS to kids.

Luka & the lights is going to be a touching and heartbreaking short film that will be used to create awareness of this disease as well as a platform for children to understand what ALS is.

‘It’s not about what you take with you, but it’s about what you leave behind’, Anjo.

The creators of Luka had to explain ALS to their young kids when dad (age 35) was diagnosed with a form of ALS, a couple of years ago. There was hardly any information available let alone sufficient material.

This resulted in writing the script for the short animated film Luka & the lights, produced especially for children of all ages, made by Big Grin Productions.

Team Luka works together with doctors, specialists, other patients, teachers and the Dutch ALS Foundation.

Why a fundraising campaign?

In order to raise awareness for ALS, we aim to develop a short animation film, freely available on various media channels to reach a broader audience. The main character in this animation film is robot Luka. Luka is diagnosed with ALS and the film shows his journey through and after diagnosis, including the impact on others. It’s a silent film, with beautiful universal music, making it accessible for an international audience.
The film will be made possible by different worldwide fundraiser initiatives to allow professional animation studio Big Grin Productions to visualise Luka’s journey.
Currently, more than 30 experienced and talented artists are working on this animated short.

We would like to expand globally and strive for a larger audience to develop an online platform where everyone can find information to answer all their questions.

Luka and friends
Luka and friends

Why a fundraising campaign?

In order to raise awareness for ALS, we aim to develop a short animation film, freely available on various media channels to reach a broader audience. The main character in this animation film is robot Luka. Luka is diagnosed with ALS and the film shows his journey through and after diagnosis, including the impact on others. It’s a silent film, with beautiful universal music, making it accessible for an international audience.
The film will be made possible by different worldwide fundraiser initiatives to allow professional animation studio Big Grin Productions to visualise Luka’s journey.
Currently, more than 30 experienced and talented artists are working on this animated short.

We would like to expand globally and strive for a larger audience to develop an online platform where everyone can find information to answer all their questions.

I am Luka

What is ALS?

Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
In this disease, nerve cells break down, which reduces functionality in the muscles they supply. Medication and therapy can slow ALS and reduce discomfort, but there’s no cure.
The average incidence rate of ALS worldwide is about one in 50,000 people per year that equates to about 5,760 to 6,400 new diagnoses per year. Counting relatives, Luka could help millions of children worldwide.

At this moment ALS is 100% incurable. We are fighting for an ALS-free generation.

Anjo Snijders

Anjo Snijders

Writer & Creator

Sascha Groen

Sascha Groen

Writer & Creator

Toby Cochran

Toby Cochran

Director

Adrian Ochoa

Adrian Ochoa

Producer

Gerda Franssen

Gerda Franssen

Executive Producer

Janna Brouwer-Schouten

Janna Brouwer-Schouten

Production Manager

Melinda S. Kavanaugh

Melinda S. Kavanaugh

Expert & Advisor

* This fundraiser is facilitated by the Dutch ALS Foundation. If the required amount for the fundraiser is not raised, the foundation is not obliged to supplement this amount and the donations will be at the disposal of the foundation. These will not be refunded.