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Concepts Participates in 5th Annual Team Zoey Spin for Life

We all remember the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  Benjamin Button (a character played by Brad Pitt) ages backwards.  Allegedly, his condition was inspired by Progeria, a fatal disease that forces children to prematurely age at rapid speeds.  Although both conditions deal with a rapid aging process, the similarities end there.  Whereas Benjamin Button ages backwards from an old man to an infant over the course of 70 years, the average lifespan of a child with Progeria, like Zoey Aster Penny, is only 13…

Now who is Zoey?  Zoey is a sweet little five-year-old girl with Progeria.  She is also the face of Team Zoey, an organization devoted towards raising funds for the Progeria Research Foundation (PRF).

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This past Sunday, Team Zoey organized the 5th Annual Team Zoey Spin for Life at the YMCA in Mountain Lakes, NJ.  Participants, such as Collette Liantonio, President of Concepts TV, and her daughter Eve Fusco, signed up for a 30-minute timeslot to spin or donate to the team’s fundraising page.  All funds from the indoor spin-a-thon went towards PRF to help discover treatments and a cure for Progeria.

“We were honored to be a part of the event,” Liantonio stated.  “It’s a noble cause and we wanted to do our part to spread the word and create awareness.”

According to PRF, this rare disease only occurs in one out of every four to eight million births. For more information or to donate, please visit www.teamzoey.com or www.progeriaresearch.org.

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