St. Catherine’s Academy participated in a dual fundraiser by running and jumping at the chance to fight Friedreich’s Ataxia disease and heart disease on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The event gathered 160 cadets in grades transitional kindergarten to 8th grade to help raise awareness and important funds for these critical diseases. The cadets also participated in Hands-Only CPR demonstrations and learned the importance of staying healthy for weeks leading up to the event.

For the past 16 years, SCA has hosted the annual Jog-A-Thon which has raised donations for research and programs of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance. Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, and degenerative neuro-muscular disorder which affects 1 in 50,000 people in the United States. SCA Cadets run yearly in honor of Chelsea Lane, who acquired FA at the young age of 5. Tragically, Chelsea lost her battle to this terrible disease at the age of 19.

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