FOR HOPE was Directed and Executive Produced by Scleroderma Research Foundation board member Bob Saget, starring board member emeritus Dana Delany in the title role. When For Hope aired on ABC 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. The Scleroderma Research Foundation Founder, Sharon Monsky, also appears as herself in this film.
For Hope was written by the incredible Susan Rice, Produced by Karen Moore, and Executive Produced along with Bob by Brad Grey and Bernie Brillstein. 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.
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. “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.”