This is the current edit of my documentary about a family's experience with a rare genetic disease. SCA-1, or spinocerebellar ataxia type-1, is an autosomal dominant disease. That means it takes only one copy of one gene to develop the disease. SCA-1 is a progressive degenerative disease that typically has no symptoms until adulthood. The part of the brain associated with coordinating movement breaks down; interrupting walking, speech, and eventually even swallowing. There is currently no treatment or cure for SCA-1, although stem cell research may offer solutions in the future. Sadly, Deedee McGuirk passed away June 12th 2009.
Mike and I are working on expanding the piece into a feature in hopes of promoting awareness of the disease. The movie would be greatly improved with the addition of your home movies of the McGuirks! If you think you have something we could use, please email me at email@example.com
I am also searching for a doctor or geneticist that would be able to explain the disease on camera and/or a scientist who can explain the research that may lead to solutions in the future.