Tammy Luebbe, Mother: "It's a neuromuscular disease that is progressive, it affects the central nervous system and can cause muscle weakness."

There's no cure for FA, so each year, Evan and his family host a walk to help find one. It begins at the school and raises money for FARA, the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance. This year, however, they decided to show students what happens when you can't walk due to conditions, such as FA. Certified Medical Associates donated wheelchairs for the teachers.

Greg Finke, Independence Elementary Principal: "To give us an opportunity to be in Evan's shoes or wheels for the day."
It didn't take long once Wheelchair Day began with announcements. Staff and students recognized a few of Evan's obstacles. In the end, however, the real lesson?

"There's lots of differences we have, lots of differences, and we need to celebrate them."

Mission accomplished!
The walk for FA is May 17th in Liberty Township.

You can donate or download a registration form here.


Source: http://www.local12.com:80/content/medical_edge/story/Students-Spend-Day-in-Wheelchair/hEfYKgf74UqSDz8BaC9hMw.cspx?rss=937


Article kindly supplied by Sue Kittel, FAPG group

The legacy of Marie Schlau: literature to help cure Friedreich's Ataxia

If you feel like reading an unputdownable novel while collaborating with a just and solidary cause, "The Legacy of Marie Schlau" is your book! 100% of all funds raised will be dedicated to medical research to find a cure for Friedreich's Ataxia, a neurodegenerative disease that affects mostly young people, shortening their life expectancy and confining them to a wheelchair.

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Research projects currently being financed by BabelFAmily

Currently, BabelFAmily is financing two promising research projects aimed at finding a cure for Friedreich's Ataxia. Whenever you make a donation to us or purchase a copy of "The legacy of Marie Schlau", this is where all funds raised will be devoted to:

1) Gene Therapy for Friedreich's Ataxia research project:


The project is the result of an initiative of Spanish people affected by this rare disease who are grouped in GENEFA in collaboration with the Spanish Federation of Ataxias and the BabelFAmily. The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), one of the main patients’ associations in the United States now joins the endeavour.

2) Frataxin delivery research project:

The associations of patients and families Babel Family and the Asociación Granadina de la Ataxia de Friedreich (ASOGAF) channel 80,000 euros of their donations (50% from each organisation) into a new 18-month project at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). The project specifically aims to complete a step necessary in order to move towards a future frataxin replacement therapy for the brain, where the reduction of this protein causes the most damage in patients with Friedreich’s Ataxia.

The study is headed by Ernest Giralt, head of the Peptides and Proteins Lab, who has many years of experience and is a recognised expert in peptide chemistry and new systems of through which to delivery drugs to the brain, such as peptide shuttles—molecules that have the capacity to carry the drug across the barrier that surrounds and protects the brain. Since the lab started its relation with these patients’ associations in 2013*, it has been developing another two projects into Friedrich’s Ataxia.



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