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FARAFARA Cure FA

FARA Ambassador Program

The FARA Ambassadors is a united team of patient volunteers living with FA who are committed to supporting FARA in the search for a treatment and cure.

Together we seek to know more about FA, and FARA so we can be prepared to represent the community when the opportunity arises; speaking at events, to volunteers, potential donors, scientific groups, pharma partners, media interviews and other awareness and fundraising opportunities. We believe support is key to continued success toward our ultimate goal of treatment and a cure. Participants in the FARA Ambassador Program are passionate about building and upholding relationships within the FA community.

FARA Ambassador Program Mission Statement:

The FARA Ambassadors are positive, supportive, peer representatives for the FA community, actively raising awareness and funds for FARA. To learn more about the FARA Ambassador Program or to have a FARA Ambassador speak at your event, please contact: info@cureFA.org.

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This blog is a vehicle for the voice of the FARA Ambassador Program and features posts from Program participants and friends from the FA community on a wide range of topics.

The blog features posts about FARA events, articles about living with FA, spotlights on individuals throughout the FA community, weekly interviews to “Meet the Community,” and more. We hope that you will be inspired, uplifted and encouraged through the FARA Ambassador Blog!


 

HOPE

Hope. Hope is a small, four letter word that has great meaning behind it. Within the past few months of participating in the FARA Ambassador Program and being actively involved in the FA Community, I have developed a new light of faith and gratefulness through hope! In April, I was fortunate enough to participate in a clinical trial at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and in May, my family hosted our 2nd Annual 5K Race for Christina! It’s the “grassroots” events like these that give FARA and the FA community the opportunity to raise awareness and funds to participate in research to help find a cure!

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The FARA Ambassador Program

The FARA Ambassadors is a united team of patient volunteers living with FA who are committed to supporting FARA in the search for a treatment and cure. Together we seek to know more about FA, and FARA so we can be prepared to represent the community when the opportunity arises; speaking at events, to volunteers, potential donors, scientific groups, pharma partners, media interviews and other awareness and fundraising opportunities. We believe support is key to continued success toward our ultimate goal of treatment and a cure. Participants in the FARA Ambassador Program are passionate about building and upholding relationships within the FA community.
The FARA Ambassadors envision a world without FA. This FA free world is one we promise to support FARA in creating. We are dedicated to improving today’s world for all those affected by FA by strengthening the community and shining light into dark places.
FARA Ambassador Program Mission Statement:

The FARA Ambassadors are positive, supportive, peer representatives for the FA community, actively raising awareness and funds for FARA.

Program Participants promise to support FARA and the FA community by:

 


Goals:

 


Our Core Values: These six principles guide the thoughts and actions of our team as we work with one another to uplift the FA community and advance FARA's mission.

 


This blog is a vehicle for the voice of the FARA Ambassador Program and will feature posts from Program participants and friends from the FA community on a wide range of topics. Readers will see posts about FARA events, articles about living with FA, spotlights on individuals throughout the FA community, weekly interviews to “Meet the Community,” and more. We hope that you will be inspired, uplifted and encouraged through the FARA Ambassador Blog!

  • Being leaders in the FA community.
  • Being inviting to Family and honoring their trust.
  • Representing FARA.
  • Purposely seeking different opportunities to share our personal stories with new and existing audiences.
  • Educating ourselves and others about the scope and impact FARA has on our lives, communities and beyond.
  • To support each other as a team.
  • To support the FA community.
  • To have monthly meetings via the web during which we will:
      -Share our stories. -Discuss opportunities to generate interest in FARA. -Asses our effectiveness.
  • To contribute to the FARA Ambassador Blog.
  • To support the community through personal cards of thanks and encouragement.
  • To build community connections via web meeting outreach.
  • To have participants speak at and/or attend FARA events.
  • To continuously tighten our bond as a united team.
  • To continuously strengthen our new and existing relationships within the FA community.
  • To have fun.
  • Wisdom - Being inquisitive, innovative, thorough, and collaborative; mining knowledge and experience for living with FA; and sharing information and other resources in a timely manner.
  • Caring - Behaving with concern for the dignity, comfort, and well-being of people; respecting their individuality and perspective; and giving them our undivided attention.
  • Active - Being engaged in the FA community and moving quickly on opportunities to be a positive influence.
  • Quality - Setting extraordinarily high standards for the fight against FA, constantly improving, and attending to the details of excellence.
  • Spirit - Lifting the mood of others, and being a source of hope and confidence and the kind of organization of which people are proud to be part.
  • Integrity - Being honest, transparent, forthright and ethical -- challenging anything that might compromise FARA’s mission and goal.
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Ambassador Program Projects

The defining purpose of each of the FARA Ambassador Program projects is SUPPORT. Through committed participation, members of the FARA Ambassador Program will support the FA community and FARA's goals and mission as we move toward treatment and a cure for FA.

Current Projects:

 

 

  • Ambassador Program Blog (start date: June 2014)
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    Upcoming Projects:

     

     

  • Speaking Engagements
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    Ambassador Program Projects will be rolled out one by one. As a project is strong and functioning, a new one will begin. The four specified here will be the only four projects the Ambassador Program will be focusing on in 2014. Please look through each listed above and think about what area(s) you would like to be involved in.

    • Engage Project
    • Card Outreach
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    Ride Ataxia Orlando

    Ride Ataxia Orlando was another success!! This was my second year attending and am proud to say my first year actually being IN the ride on my new handcycle!

    The turn out of participants was amazing. And we came together for a beautiful day filled with sunshine, scenic rides, and togetherness. I personally was a recipient of this year's Ataxian Athlete Initiative grant and received a brand new handcycle from Top End in August so I can ride to spread awareness for FA. Others that received grants of this year and last were Lealan LaRoche, Barry Rice, Mary Vida, and Bill Ramsey, and myself. Together more than 200 participants rode 50, 25, 16, and 4 miles to pedal towards a cure.

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    Mission Statement: The FARA Ambassadors are positive, supportive, peer representatives for the FA community, actively raising awareness and funds for FARA.

     

    Vision: The vision of FARA’s Ambassadors is a world without FA. This FA free world is one which we supported FARA in creating. We also see a world in which people with FA and their loved ones are respected and powerful.

    Notes:

    FARA Ambassadors support FARA by: • Being leaders in the FA community • Being inviting to FAmily and honoring their trust • Representing FARA • Sharing and finding different opportunities to share our personal stories with new and existing audiences • Educating ourselves and others about the scope and impact FARA has on our lives, communities and beyond

    **Application process (shows level of interest/commitment)**

    Roles and responsibility of Ambassadors (Definition): • Representative of FARA • Code of conduct • Attend monthly meetings and run one meeting a year. • To speak at an event or another outreach activity each year. • To be available to share your story through writing a bio for the website or through media related activities. • Blog • Add behavioral expectations (i.e...Honesty, respect, commitment, transparency)

    Goals & Objectives

    1. Support each other, effectively grow and work as a team. 1.1 Attend monthly meetings (consider going back to every two weeks with one session devoted to building personal connections in the group and the other session more business agenda) 1.2 Work on different projects as a team (i.e. Rare Disease Day) (build strong relationships (internal strength leads to external strength)) 1.3 Birthday list (build strong relationships) (take time to acknowledge each ambassadors birthday. i.e. birthday cards?) 1.4 Educate ourselves about the scope (attend & support in educational events) 2. Be responsive to (strengthen, support) the FA community. 2.1 Establish online presence (visible & accessible) where ambassadors are in essence peer counselors for parents, newly diagnosed and anyone having a hard time with FA. i.e.. google hangouts, private personal emails, specific email groups, 2.2 Initiate contact with families newly diagnosed or new to the community 2.3 Keep regular contact with FA community (i.e. patient registry, FAPG, organized events) 2.4 Develop an info packet for the newly diagnosed 2.5 develop a way for children with FA to connect with other children with FA (i.e. google hangouts or possible group outings?) 2.6 Take responsibility for sending out personal thank you’s to FA community in recognition & gratitude for awareness & fundraising events 2.7 Mechanism for addressing questions from the patient community but with a group experience response 3. Responsible & positive peer representatives of FARA. 3.1 Assume responsibility of representing FARA in actions & words (even on personal fb, twitter, etc. profiles). Treat this as a job that extends to personal presentation (professional, appropriate, responsible, encouraging, warm, hopeful) 3.2 Represent what the future of FA will look like 3.3 Speak at an event as a representative of FARA (annual requirement?) *standard needed* 3.4 Ambassadors are well-informed with up to date information regarding FARA’s work & FARA funded/sponsored research 4. Exemplify & spread hope (Awareness) 4.1 Each ambassador is to w rite at least 1 blog annually that conveys a realistic but hopeful attitude 4.2 Ambassadors convey an attitude of hope in social media (as detailed in our roles and responsibilities doc?) 4.3 Ambassadors attend local FARA fundraisers not only to raise money for research, but also to further a message of hope *standard needed* 4.4 Ambassadors are well informed about the science of FA (while we may not be scientists) so we can convey a knowledgeable message of hope (which is harder to discount) 5. FARA Fudraising 5.1 Hold a FARA event or personally fundraise as part of a FARA event (i.e. Ride Ataxia) (annual requirement vs. dollar amount requirement?) *standard needed* 5.2 Generate a list of fundraising ideas and plans to implement to provide to those wanting to hold an event but not sure where to start, 5.3 Support others with fundraising events; help with planning, seeking new community members to fundraise (outreach requirements?) *standard needed* 5.4 Government level advocacy (i.e. storming the Hill, letter writing campaigns, individual outreach to key representatives…)

    SWAT AnalysisStrength- our experience with FA, Eagerness to share, warm hearts • Weakness- organizational structure, precedent, expertise, qualifications • Opportunities- unite the FA community, provide a unique level of support where people have access to several responsible people with knowledge and experience in a number of relevant topics • Threats- perception that we are some sort of elitist group, ourselves, how we conduct and market FARA.

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