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'It's just frustrating': Evansville teen Sam Archuleta battling debilitating disease


EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Walking doesn’t come easy for Sam Archuleta. He’s wobbly. He trips over his own feet a lot. He struggles to move in a straight line.

Most people don’t need to think before taking a step. Sam does.

He's 15 and suffers from a debilitating, degenerative neuromuscular disorder called Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). He was diagnosed in March and is one of only 5,000 people in the United States and 15,000 worldwide who have it.

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Felicia DeRosa

Felicia DeRosa

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