The “State Journal” published an article on Zach on March 4, 2010 to publicize the Frankfort Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast for Progeria. The article was entitled “Zach Tried to Beat the Odds” and can be viewed at http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/4782156 . Saturday is Frankfort’s opportunity to help Zach Pickard’s family raise funds for research to continue the toddler’s battle to beat the odds and stay alive. Zach has progeria, an ultimately fatal non-inherited genetic disease. According to his mother, Tina Pickard, there’s no cure and only research may discover a drug that can either fight or eliminate the disease. Zach was diagnosed when he was 14 months old. Depending on the disease’s progression, most children don’t live past their teens.