Zach Pickard never stops moving...
Funny, some people say the same thing about me and my running...
When I first met Zach, his arms were raised in excitement, his smiles were large and beaming from ear to ear, and he buzzed with energy and good humor. He rarely seemed to enter a bad mood, and everything before him seemed like an opportunity to explore and learn- and to do so with joy!
Zach, 7, is one of fewer than 250 people worldwide with progeria. Progeria is a rare, fatal, genetic condition, characterized by "rapid aging." Although the children are born looking healthy, by 18 months they display signs of growth failure, loss of body fat and hair, aged skin and stiff joints. Children with progeria die of heart disease at an average of 13 years old.
On July 19th, I am running 100 miles in one day to support the Progeria Research Foundation (PRF).
The mission of PRF is to discover the cure and effective treatment for progeria and its aging related disorders. There is a tremendous need for research.
Please join me in supporting PRF in their efforts to help children with progeria, and make a difference in the life of someone like Zach.
Please make a donation to help me reach my goal of $5,000, and to help find a cure for progeria. And I promise you I will run every step of 100 miles come July 19th.
Together, with your help, we can run down progeria and cross the finish line with smiles as big as Zach's.