Lorenzo's Oil a movie based on true story of a family whose son who had a rare disease. It is so rare no one will give any money to research a cure. Lorenzo’s father researches himself and comes up with a cure, but it is too late to save Lorenzo. The father was awarded a PhD for his work. He had what was called Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a genetic disease that progressively destroys the brain of young boys.