7:10pm

Sun October 23, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Four-Year-Old Lexington Native Fights Progeria

Seated at his portable desk, 4-year-old Zach Pickard takes a pencil and carefully writes out a "Z" in perfect block lettering. He follows with an A, C and H. He scowls at the H and begins to erase some bits where it is not absolutely straight. "He is a perfectionist," said his mother, Tina Pickard. It has been nearly two years since we last saw Zach, who has progeria, the rapid-aging disease that is one of the rarest maladies on Earth.