A dinner and live auction to fund research for Friedreich's ataxia will take place on March 7 at the Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland.

The rare, degenerative neuromuscular disorder afflicts about 1 in 50,000 people, including Sam Bridgman, a beloved University of Portland graduate and former athlete who was diagnosed with the condition when he was 15. 

He was featured in a 2012 Oregonian article about how the UP campus has supported him through the challenges of his condition.

Bridgman, who graduated in May 2013 with a degree in finance, is now 23 and works at WDC Properties in Portland.


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