My good friend Genaro supported me all along and although he hadn't registered for diverse reasons, he still joined me for the last 20 Km. I was very touched to know that he was there for me, to support me or “pull me” as we runners say. He has excellent ideas for the two upcoming races and is raring to help.

 Myself and all the marathoners who wore the t-shirt handed out flyers with the Association's information but unfortunately we didn't have enough and the logo on the back was not quite visible, however, having participated in this race I have learnt loads about what can be done to draw attention to our cause in order to help ataxia sufferers, I'm not giving up until I achieve it, I'll modify the t-shirts, flyers, placards etc.

 I hadn't been planning to take part in races but now my sole motivation, through this type of events, is to draw people's gaze towards us. In this way we can  help to  attract donations to fund the research on some medication to cure all Friedreich's ataxia sufferers, not just my son; this is for all of them and I won't give up until I achieve it.

 I would like to thank Claudia Parada from BabelFAmily because I found a friend in her, who was there in the difficult moments and also express my admiration for Gian for being a fighter supporting this project of mine, which I hope one day will bear fruit.

Thank you.
Oscar Esparza Serrano



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.

The life of Marie Schlau, a German Jewish girl born in 1833 hides great unsolved mysteries: accidents, disappearances, enigmas, unknown diagnoses, disturbing murders, love, tenderness, greed, lies, death ... alternatively a different story unfolds every time and takes us closer to the present. Thus, there are two parallel stories unravelling, each in a different age and place, which surprisingly converge in a revelatory chapter.

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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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