Team FARA is riding today in memory of Nick Olson, a courageous young man, whose battle with FA ended June 10th.
Kyle Bryant "The Team has learned that Nick passed away and we would like to dedicate today's ride to Nick. We are all thinking of him, his sister, Aubrey, and his family as we work our way through the desert and begin our big climb later today to Flagstaff. This is what this ride is about... feeling the pain and loss and working to bring attention to this disease so that others know about it and can help us all work towards treatment and a cure."
Nicholas Flynn Olson, born on December 21, 1988, graced the world with his smile for 21 wonderful years before leaving this earth on June 10, 2010. Nicholas was diagnosed with the rare neuromuscular disease Friedreich’s Ataxia at the age of 6, and was the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1998 and 1999 and traveled the country promoting fundraising for research. He had a profound impact on the world. He inspired everyone he met by how he fought his disease with courage and a positive attitude despite his progressive losses from the disease. He was an Eagle Scout and high school home coming King. He enjoyed the news and politics and loved hunting and friends and family. Nicholas had a strong Christian faith and is certain to be happy in heaven. Nicholas is survived by his parents, Bruce and Cindy Olson, sisters Aubrey and Brittney, niece Cayli, grandparents John and Joyce Olson and Carol Rodberg, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.