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“…what a real adventure it is for a parent to be there for their child’s first breath and last breath. This is the story of my adventures with Zachary between those two breaths.’” – Keith Moore
“Moore’s journey will inspire you to be a better person and to rely on your faith during troubled times…” – Chip Foose, famed car designer and host of TLC’s ‘Overhaulin’
Old at Age 3 The Inspiring Life of Progeria Patient Zachary Moore
September 18, 2007 – Old at Age 3: The Story of Zachary Moore (September 18, 2007, Boss Publishing Inc., $16.95 Trade Paperback Original) is a compelling and courageous tribute to author Keith Moore’s son, Zachary, who died of “old age” at the young age of 3. Zachary was one of just eleven American children known to be living with Progeria, a rare, fatal, “rapid aging” disease that afflicts children. Zachary’s condition resulted in aging 30-times faster than the normal aging rate. “We’ve had the opportunity to see life in fast-forward.”
The book offers a rare and vivid window into a world that chronicles family life – Keith, his wife Molly, and four other children – and the many joys and challenges they experienced in caring for their incredibly brave and joyous son. Zachary’s story is of a life with continual struggle. But he overcomes the world’s challenges with his amazing attitude, and in doing so inspires many who meet him. Through the book, readers will gain insight on how we can all overcome life’s challenges. Old at Age 3 includes a moving and memorable compilation of Keith Moore’s personal journal entries.
In addition to Keith’s entries of deep introspection and courageous honesty, the book includes an uplifting “scrapbook” of photos capturing many of Zachary’s adventures with his service dog, friends and family – Zachary on Christmas Day; Zachary at school; Zachary on family vacations, and more. Keith documents many memories with Zachary as if they might be the last; small moments become significant accomplishments. Old at Age 3 also captures the lighter side of Zachary and how the appearance of this rare rapid aging condition led to numerous amusing situations. Zachary was an exceptional child with drive and wisdom well beyond his years, and life lessons were learned each day by those who witnessed how Zachary dealt with his challenges.
Old at Age 3 also includes the more heart-wrenching, and deeply personal moments – short periods of self-doubt off-set by strong faith; personal commentaries on staying focused and avoiding depression; along with the anguish of knowing his family would one day lose Zachary:
"I started calling him Boss when he was about one year old. I was amazed at his ability to control his life and what went on around him. It felt so natural the first time I called him Boss. He seemed so pleased to be called the Boss, and it quickly became his preferred nickname. How great it was to be bossed by Zachary. Boss had everyone’s best interest in mind. He had more confidence than anyone I knew. Once Boss had made a decision around our house, it was final. "
"It is so hard for me to put him down to sleep each night," he wrote on Feb. 21, 2005. 'Every time I do, the thought crosses my mind that this may be the last time I see him alive. I constantly wake up at night to check on him. I always want to make sure that I take a good look at him since it seems so possible it may be the last."
“Zachary has inspired me to accept life’s tragedies or hardships; it is merely part of living. Everybody will experience these things, and it will not be our choice to do so. It is our choice, however, how we manage our life when and after these things occur. The decisions to our choices are simple. It is the actions of these decisions that often come difficult to us.”
Old at Age 3 reminds us all of the challenges, as well as the tremendous courage and loving devotion, that parents and caregivers experience when caring for a child with a devastating disease. It also drives readers to look deep within themselves, to celebrate each day as a gift, and to never take anything for granted.
“Keith Moore’s story highlights the very personal joys and fears that family members of a loved one with Progeria experience on a day-to-day basis,” says Chip Foose, famed car designer and host of TLC’s ‘Overhaulin’.
Chip Foose, who lost his sister Amy to Progeria in 1985, wrote the foreword to Old at Age 3. Jodi Foose, another Foose sister, became one of Zachary’s best friends during his short lifetime. Through mere coincidence, she learned of Zachary and reached out to the Moore family who embraced her loving nature with open arms. Both Jodi and Chip are involved in Progeria-related programs and activities through The Progeria Research Foundation.
“We hope people are encouraged to learn more about Progeria and the courageous and exemplary lives these children lead during their short life spans,” said Audrey Gordon, president and executive director of The Progeria Research Foundation. “Zachary was very special; he touched so many lives in such a positive way.”
Moore’s wife and children with the help of Zachary’s service dog, “Hobbs”, continue to provide presentations to school children to teach about understanding and accepting children with special needs.
Published by Boss Publishing, Inc., Old at Age 3 is available online at www.oldatage3.com The book can also be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Hastings, and other select book stores.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the book Old at Age 3 will be donated to The Progeria Research Foundation.