FOR HOPE was Directed and Executive Produced by SRF board member Bob Saget. When For Hope aired on the ABC television network on November 17, 1996, it was the first—and still only—movie to tell a family’s story of what it’s like to live with scleroderma.
For Hope was written by Susan Rice, Produced by Karen Moore, and Executive Produced by Bernie Brillstein and Brad Grey along with Bob Saget. The incredible cast included Dana Delany in the starring role, Henry Czerny, Polly Bergen, Harold Gould, Tracy Nelson, Chris Demetral, and many other guest cameos who gave themselves to this film as a gift to help tell this important story about a then unrecognized diseased—including The Scleroderma Research Foundation Founder, Sharon Monsky, who appeared as herself.
The story is loosely based on events that directly affected Bob Saget and his family, and mainly his sister, Gay. He had lost his sister Gay Saget to scleroderma, two years earlier, in 1994. He made this film as a statement of the frustration he and his family had been left with after his sister had been misdiagnosed and mistreated for the symptoms, rather than how to attempt to combat scleroderma.
“It was a very emotional and fulfilling project, a moment in my life that I will always treasure,” Bob Saget said in November 2021, in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary. “I believe that TV movie helped put scleroderma on the map for many. I will spend the rest of my life dedicated to helping our amazing Board of Directors at the incredible Scleroderma Research Foundation to work with the best medical minds in science as we raise the funds for research to one day find a cure.”