The Progeria Research Foundation’s Medical Director, Dr. Leslie Gordon, will be featured on ABC’s 20/20 Saturday night at 8:00 pm EST. Dr. Gordon will discuss the status of Progeria research and lonafarnib’s successful results as a treatment option in clinical trial studies.
Barbara Walters will also give an update on some of the girls showcased in the popular hour-long program on Progeria, When Seven Looks Like 70…A Race Against Time for Three Young Girls, which aired in September 2010.
The Progeria Research Foundation appreciates every effort to raise awareness about Progeria and is pleased that Barbara Walters, ABC and the public recognizes the remarkable nature of these special children and Progeria’s connection to the aging process in general.
Progeria, a rare disease that speeds up the aging process, is estimated to affect fewer than 250 children worldwide. The average life expectancy of those with Progeria is 13, many of whom pass away due to strokes or heart attacks.