For the Vital Life Foundation, 2016 had all the elements of a blockbuster movie—minus the over-priced Milk Duds. It offered an engaging plot with radiant star power. Heroic journeys and triumphs of love. Life-affirming laughter and soul-cleansing tears, with ample suspense and an oh-so-inspirational ending. Except that it wasn’t a movie. It was spectacularly real.