"Dateline NBC" To Air "The Remarkable Seth Cook" -- Sunday, Dec. 25
"DATELINE NBC" WELCOMES VIEWERS TO SPEND CHRISTMAS
NIGHT WITH "THE REMARKABLE SETH COOK"
(New York, N.Y.) - December 13, 2005 - What others see as a tragedy, Seth Cook sees as a blessing. Born with the rare accelerated-aging disease called Progeria, Seth, who turned 12 this summer, and his parents, Kyle and Patti, strive to live a normal and happy life in the small town of Darrington, Wash. For six months, "Dateline's" Rob Stafford spent time with the Cooks, and on Christmas Night, viewers will have a chance to spend time with them, too. This unique and moving "Dateline" profile airs on Sunday, Dec. 25 at 7:00 PM/ET.
At age two, Seth Cook was diagnosed with Progeria - which means that while Seth will never grow up, he will grow old, and at an astonishing rate. Victims of this extraordinarily rare disease (there are only 40 diagnosed cases in the world today) essentially have the bodies of 70 and 80 year-olds, and in many ways resemble their own grandparents more than kids their own age, and face similar health risks, such as heart attack or stroke.
In spite of some of the hardships he endures, Seth Cook is determined to live life to the fullest. Watch as he barrels down a hill in a toy truck, reads to a group of kindergarten kids that sees past his illness, and laugh along with him as he takes on his family in a cutthroat game of Monopoly that would make Donald Trump proud.
In an inspirational Christmas story, Seth faces the reality of his future with his heart, and eyes, wide open, and viewers will be amazed when they hear what he has to say about heaven.
Fred Rothenberg is the producer for "The Remarkable Seth Cook." George Liebert is the editor. Marc Rosenwasser is the senior producer and David Corvo is the executive producer.