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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:

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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!


FA Hangouts - December 2016

The FARA Ambassador Program presents an FA Hangout talking about: your favorite songs/song. After all three Hangouts we’ll have this month, the leader of this month’s hangouts, Jake Tompkins, will make a YouTube playlist of all our favorites. All people who participated this month will be able to access the playlist. How fun will that be?

At FA hangouts: we laugh, we connect, we hangout, we learn from and about each is so fun! It is just an informal discussion with a theme. We just talk when the theme has run its course, no pressure. People who just want to listen are very welcome!

Every hangout is open to anyone with FA and a translator if needed for hearing or speech difficulties.

When: Hangouts will be held Tuesday, December 27th, Wednesday December 28th, and Thursday December 29th (mark your calendars, FA Hangouts will be the last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the month, except on holidays and the like) at 8-9:30 PM EST all three days.

How: Email to sign up or ask questions. Google (not us!) limits hangout capacity. FA Hangouts do fill up. It is first come, first served. So, the earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get the date and time you want. Lately all our hangouts have been filling up. If you signed up and can’t make it, please let us know so we can give the slot to someone else.

An email will go out (at the latest) 30 minutes prior to your assigned time with a link to join the Hangout. Feel free to come early for a pre-hang. We will open the hangout room 15 minutes early, but the topic conversations will begin at the top of the hour.

See you soon!

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Pictures of HOPE

RareBirdPhoto1The young lady in these images is my 10 year old friend Anna. I really hope that you all have an Anna in your life. I have known Anna for a few years now and there are a lot of adjectives I could use to describe her. I think the best one, the all inclusive one, is kind. Her heart is kind, her actions are kind, and she emanates kindness, just having her around makes you feel good. Last year Anna was .diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia (FA), a rare and degenerative disorder. The news of such a diagnosis would bring anyone to their knees and pray for hope.

I wanted to help and provide hope for Anna and others suffering from FA and I wanted others to help too. I told people "Let’s do something good, together. I will provide the art, you can provide the kindness. If Anna can plant kindness into our world every day, so can we." 

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Bracelets to #cureFA!

Bracelets4thecureMy original inspiration for making hand-crafted bracelets was “Holly’s Hope”, a line of bracelets created by FARA member, Holly Franz, to benefit FARA. After attending a bead show, I decided to make my bracelets from natural stone beads.

On Saturday, Nov. 5th, my family and I hosted a FARA fundraiser selling handmade bracelets and jewelry stands at a local craft show, Heart of the Crafter. All proceeds from the sale went to FARA. Family members, and a very talented and generous friend donated supplies, time, and effort to craft elastic cord, beaded bracelets.

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Knock Out FA

KnockoutFAThe first annual Knock Out FA event was held on October 16th at Detweiller Park in Peoria, IL. Knock Out FA was a very entertaining KnockerBall soccer tournament where teams of 8 competed in a bracket style tournament trying to advance to the next round. For every goal scored, each team member was awarded a raffle ticket they could place into a number of amazing raffle drawings! The final winning team was awarded a pair of Zeal sunglasses for each member of the team. 

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"Ghouls Night Out"

GhoulsNightOut“Ghouls Night Out” was the theme for this year’s Piccadilly Gala and Ladies Night Out in Clinton, Missouri. The annual event raises funds to support the downtown decorations, landscapes, etc. Each year, a charity or cause is selected to benefit as well, and this year, FARA was chosen. On Tuesday, October 11, over 300 women gathered to raise money in a big way. Thirteen pumpkins were decorated for the evenings “Pumpkin Palooza” and auctioned off. With the city’s generous women, these 13 pumpkins raised $1,800 for FARA in their efforts to find a cure. 

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