BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Zack Stockman is 11 years old and is a student at Smallwood Elementary School in Snyder. Since he was born he has lived with Galactosemia, a rare disease which prevents him from eating dairy and causes other lifelong symptoms. "I can't have milk... I read ingredients and sometimes my mom reads ingredients for me," Zack said.
Zack speaks regularly to people about his disease and just visited a group of employees at the Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg. "To watch a young boy like Zack doing what he's doing is very different," Charles Gangarossa, president and chairperson to the Local 897 UAW, said. "You can get very emotional, what he's gone through and what he goes through."
"Zack did an outstanding job, he was the star," David Buzo, the Ford Plant Manager, said. "When you hear his story and his sincerity about it... you couldn't ask for anything better than that."
Zack's disease can be helped through early testing provided by the March of Dimes. He has been named the 2010 March for Babies ambassador. The march benefits the March of Dimes and its mission that all babies be born healthy. Zack will be walking in the march. "It's very impressive when you have a young boy going around being a great ambassador, Gangarossa said. "Seems like he's very enthusiastic... I think he'll do a great job."
The March for Babies walk is Sunday, April 25th in Delaware Park. It will start at the Marcy Casino. Registration begins at 9am and the march starts at 10am. For more details and to register go to marchforbabies.org or call 1-800-244-9255.