Alex James doesn't like being called a "saint," but to many who know his family and his story, he's just that. For over 24 years, Alex has been caring for his wife, Liz, and twin sons, Matt and Will. In 1991, Liz was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). In 1993, the couple's then-2-year-old boys were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy (MD).
Now, they're the focus of a new documentary, "House of Love," which chronicles the family's daily lives with the medical conditions. For the past two years, filmmakers have shadowed the Greensboro, N.C., family, going out with the boys on their regular outings and following even the life-threatening moments. They're fundraising to finish their film, with all excess proceeds going to MS and MD foundations.
For Liz, 56, MS, in which the body's immune system attacks the central nervous system, has left her totally disabled and unable to speak for the past eight years. Matt, who is autistic, and Will, both of whom are 24 and on ventilator support, require constant care not only to perform daily functions but to avoid deadly lung infections. Muscular dystrophy is a condition marked by progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. Matt's health has been unstable for most of 2015, as he's struggled with infections and hospitalizations.
Thanks to Alex's unyielding care and a large network of supporters, the boys have enjoyed adventures big and small.