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Robin Graffam with Zoe, then 14, and Autumn, 9, in 2012.

Robin Graffam said she always knew it was inevitable, but that did not make things easier last month when she said her final good bye to her 15-year-old daughter Zoe.

Zoe was diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic disease called Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy, which causes the muscles to continually weaken. She first showed symptoms of the disease at 17 months, Graffam said.

The Vallejo Times-Herald has been covering Zoe's journey for a few years, including Graffam's annual free Halloween haunted house for the community. The Vallejo woman began the tradition about 11 years ago at her Webster Street home as an effort to bring Halloween, Zoe's favorite holiday, to her daughter.

Zoe's last Halloween was in October. She outlived the life expectancy of those diagnosed with the disease is less than a decade by several years, but stopped breathing at home on Feb. 25.

For more on the story, see the Vallejo Times-Herald at http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_22763305