A 6-year-old girl with short bangs and big, bright eyes bounced off the walls of her mother’s office, gnawed a piece of fried chicken, and checked off her favorite after-school activities: swimming, diving, ballet, tae kwon do, gymnastics, softball and tennis.
“On the days Zoe’s like this, things are good,” said Burbank resident Lizzette Schley. “She is just like the rest of her fellow kindergartners, except for one difference.”
Zoe was diagnosed in 2006 with ankylosing spondylitis, a genetic form of arthritis that causes the spine and joints to swell. Since then, she and her family have helped to raise money, increase awareness and lobby on behalf of federal legislation aimed at preventing, controlling and curing the often painful disease.