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2000 WINS!

Zach Pickard

August 18, 2008 by Charles Bertram  
Filed under Charles Bertram, Second Look, Slideshows

Zach Pickard has progeria, one of the rarest diseases on earth. There are only 13 cases of the disease in the United States, 46 worldwide. Progeria causes children’s bodies to age far more rapidly than they should. The disease is caused by a mutation in the gene called LMNA (commonly called lamin-A); cells become unstable.By the time children with progeris hit 18 to 24 months old, the accelerated aging is unmistakeable. Zach is 19 months old.

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