Proof of Life

Documentary Film about three-time cancer survivor Brad Thiessen

Proof of Life documentary Film Trailer


In June 2015, two days before I was to enter my first 50k trail run, I instead found myself being wheeled into the operating room to have a brain tumor removed. What was supposed to be a six-week recovery turned into an 18-month study in how things can go sideways.

The 22-minute documentary “Proof of Life” tells the story of my journey back to health, starting from the end of chemo treatments in December 2016 and leading to a 50k trail run in September 2017.

It explores the joys and challenges of training and running on trails in and around the hills, rivers and mountains of eastern Washington and neighboring Idaho.

The viewer shares in my journey as I explore the link between nature, fitness, friendship and tackling a challenging goal in the pursuit of a meaningful life -- and what it means to know the cancer will return someday and is statistically terminal.

The film also delves deeper into life with cancer. It’s not just about surgery, radiation and chemo. It’s about health complications, family issues, work issues, self-esteem, and finding the answer to the “now what” of the rest of your life once treatment is completed.

The Proof of Life film was completed in September 2018.


The film will be submitted to Trail Running, Outdoors, and Documentary film festivals, distributed through sponsor websites, and used as a community resource with cancer patients/survivors, sports groups, at-risk youth, etc. It will also be released via on-line video  sites by subscription, and for free once film festival viewing is completed.

The film will be used to inspire those in cancer treatment or coming out of it, and as an engagement tool for the forthcoming OutLive! project. OutLive! will help those in cancer treatment or coming out of it to get active outdoors and connected to others.


Writer/Director Adam Harum is the director and filmmaking creative force behind Proof of Life. His work in documentary and commercial filmmaking has taken him across the globe and brought in a daytime Emmy and an Addy award. He received Best of the NW and Audience Award at the 2017 Spokane International Film Festival, as well as Best Director and Best Editor at the Portland Independent Film Festival.

In addition to his own work over the years, Adam has been fortunate to collaborate on projects with The Clinton Foundation, Sean Penn’s Haitian Relief camp JP/HRO, and Grammy Award Winning band Arcade Fire.



For more information about inviting me to speak about various topics related to my journey, or to discuss use of the film, please use the contact form below or call me at 509.869.3042.

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Brad Thiessen

Proof of Life

A film about an 8-month run toward hope.