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February 17, 1999

KIMBERLY PERKINS, "OUR TOP STORY... AN OREM FATHER FIGHTING FOR HIS CHILDREN'S FUTURE."

RANDALL CARLILSE, "HIS WIFE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN INHERITED BRAIN DISEASE. SHE CAN NO LONGER TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY OR HERSELF."

KIMBERLY PERKINS, "NOW HE IS DEDICATING HIS LIFE TO FINDING A CURE AND NEWS 4-UTAH'S CHRISTINE HILL JOINS US WITH HIS STORY."

O:26 TAPE ONE

CHRISTINE HILL, "ROBERT BISHOP'S WIFE HAS HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE. AND HE WANTS TO FIND A CURE. NOT JUST FOR HIS WIFE, BUT FOR THE FUTURE OF HIS CHILDREN."

15:48 TAPE ONE

CHRISTINE HILL, "IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE TYPICAL HAPPY HOME... BUT THE BISHOP FAMILY HAS BEEN THROUGH SOME VERY THOUGH TIMES."

PICTURE 13:34 TAPE ONE

CHRISTINE HILL, "ROBERT AND AMY BISHOP HAD 5-CHILDREN, WHEN 4 YEARS AGO AMY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE."

Robert Bishop..."This illness is so ugly."

CHRISTINE HILL, "HUNTINGTON'S OR HD IS AN EVENTUALLY FATAL DISORDER THAT SLOWLY KILLS BRAIN CELLS. OVER TIME IT CAUSES A LOSS OF BOTH BODY AND BRAIN FUNCTIONS. AMY INHERITED HD FROM HER FATHER."

Robert Bishop "She would become angry, she had outbursts... that were uncharacteristic for her. Her anger was deep, cold, and that was tough on the kids."

14:47 TAPE ONE

CHRISTINE HILL, "THIS IS AMY TODAY. SINCE SHE NEEDS FULL TIME CARE SHE'S LIVING WITH HER MOTHER."

15:11 TAPE ONE

CHRISTINE HILL, "ROBERT BISHOP'S WORST FEAR'S ARE FAR FROM OVER, HE'S FACING THE FACT THAT ALL 5 OF HIS CHILDREN HAVE A 50-PERCENT CHANCE OF INHERITING HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE."

12:09 TAPE TWO

CHRISTINE HILL, "SO BISHOP HAS SOLD HIS COMPUTER SOFTWARE BUSINESS AND IS DEVOTING HIS LIFE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH. HE'S HOPING HIS WEB SITE WILL HELP IN FINDING A CURE."

Robert Bishop, "My oldest is 14... so there's a little time... but not much time when it comes to medical research. Even if they found a cure today it would take years and years to get it out to the market."

22:58 TAPE TWO

CHRISTINE HILL, "BISHOPS TWO OLDEST CHILDREN UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY MAY HAVE TO FACE IN THE FUTURE. BUT IT'S OFTEN THE PAST, AND THE LOSS OF THEIR MOTHER THAT REALLY HURTS."

Craig Bishop, "I don't remember her very good..."

Rebecca Bishop, "I miss the way she was..."

Craig Bishop, "I don't remember."

Robert Bishop, "We miss her a lot... the sadness for me is that the kids will never know who she was."

CHRISTINE HILL, "AS FOR THE CHILDREN, LEGALLY THEY CANNOT BE TESTED FOR HD UNTIL THEY ARE 18-YEARS OLD. AND BESIDES, BISHOP SAYS HE'D BE WORRIED ABOUT INSURANCE BIAS IF THE KIDS DID TEST POSITIVE. TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HUNTINGTON'S YOU CAN VISIT BISHOP'S WEB SITE AT WWW.CUREHD.ORG. HE'S ACTUALLY HOPING THAT THIS WILL BE A GOOD WAY TO GET OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DISEASE.

WRAP:

RANDALL CARLILSE, "WOULDN'T IT BE WONDERFUL IF HE COULD FIND A CURE?"

CHRISTINE HILL, "OH FANTASTIC... ESPECIALLY FOR HIS CHILDREN."

RANDALL CARLILSE, "THANK YOU."