I was first introduced to the dreadful disease progeria when I read the international bestseller book When Bad Things Happen to Good People some 25 years ago. Author and Brooklyn-born Rabbi Harold Kushner told the personal story of his son, Aaron, who was born with progeria and subsequently died. Rabbi Kushner eloquently looked for answers to why this happened. Listen to his recent interview on "Morning Edition."
While clicking through TV channels Friday evening, I happened upon the ABC News program "20/20" where Barbara Walters devoted the entire show to two families with children who have progeria. The show reported that today, the 68 children in the world who share an average life expectancy of 13 years are the beautiful children of the world, and the interviewed parents conveyed a message that is inspirational beyond belief.