Artist; Subject, Gleason
Michel Varisco is an artist and a subject of the documentary Gleason. In 2011, after her husband Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, the couple founded the nonprofit Team Gleason that provides others living with the disease access to life-affirming events and assistive technology. Their efforts to better the lives of others in the face of adversity has been profiled by HBO, ABC, and CNN. Varisco has shared her story with audiences across the globe and has spoken at the Reagan Center in Washington, DC, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, and the Sundance Film Festival, where she also displayed her artworks at a sold-out exhibition in 2016.