The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) presented their first Friends & Allies Award to the executive and creative team of the award winning film, The Cake Eaters on September 11, 2009 in Branford, CT. Mary Stuart Masterson, (Director/ Producer), Jayce Bartok (Screenplay writer), Jesse Scolaro (Producer), and Carol & Patrick Morris (Executive Producers) accepted the award on behalf of The Cake Eaters team at the Bode/ Caruso Family’s Find A Cure Dinner/ Auction fundraiser event.

The values of FARA’s Friends and Allies award are rooted in what it means to be a good friend to our fellow person- treating one another with respect, dignity, and kindness. The Cake Eaters team modeled that kind of friendship to the Friedreich’s ataxia community and FARA’s mission by attending fundraising events, lending their names to the cause and personally making in kind and monetary contributions to the organization.

The team has also notably demonstrated their friend ship with their film The Cake Eaters, released earlier this year, which featured a main character with Friedreich’s ataxia- Georgia played by Kristen Stewart. The story was told with a sensitivity that made people pay attention to a character with a rare neuromuscular disorder and care about her struggle. In this film, art served as a powerful medium for storytelling and raising awareness- a unique awareness of Friedreich’s ataxia that FARA could not have generated on its own.

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