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Ataxian Athlete Initiative Announces 2015 Recipients


The Ataxian Athlete Initiative (AAI) provides adaptive cycling equipment to people with any type of ataxia who have demonstrated the desire to stay active and healthy despite their disabilities. This year, the AAI was sponsored by our partners at Catrike, The FA Project, The Texas Irish Foundation, and a contribution in memory of Gladys Lacativo.

FARA is pleased to announce the 2015 AAI grant recipients: Lee Bailey of Melbourne Australia, Marcos Alfonso Garcia Campo of Barcelona, Spain, Mandy Davis of Clinton, MO, Tiffany Gambill of Bridgewater, MA., Sean Mazeres of Woodland, CA, Kimberly Welch of Bridgeville, PA, and Billie Wells of Southfield, MI.

AAI grants are administered through a competitive application process. Applicants research the most appropriate adaptive cycling equipment to suit their abilities and describe how such equipment would help them to reach their fitness goals and improve their quality of life.

The AAI has provided equipment for 33 individuals since 2009. 
Past Recipients (l-r): Barry Rice - Dublin Ireland; Regina Russo - St. Petersburg, FL.
Visit for more information and to view more photos of past recipients. The next application cycle begins in Spring 2016.
For those looking to get started in adaptive cycling, please see “A Guide to Beginning Your Search For Adaptive Cycling Equipment.”



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The FARA Ambassador Program

The FARA Ambassador Program

The FARA Ambassadors are 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 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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