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A Community Mobilized Toward Treatments The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) is deeply committed to finding treatments and cures for Ataxia. Since its inception in 1957, NAF has strived to mobilize resources and support from the community to advance research efforts.  Sue Hagen, the Patient and Research Services Director, emphasizes the critical role of patient involvement...
In a touching narrative shared by the National Ataxia Foundation, we meet the Ruehl family—Susan, Charlie, and Mary—as they courageously navigate the challenges of living with Ataxia. The journey begins with Susan’s recollection of noticing her children, Charlie and Mary, experiencing difficulties with balance and movement during their teenage years. Despite initial dismissals, Susan’s instincts...
The National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) is breaking new ground in the world of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) partnerships. With a focus on raising awareness and funds for a rare neurodegenerative disease known as Ataxia.  Athletes from the University of Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Stanford, and the University of Miami have joined forces to support research...
In her heartfelt blog post, Samantha Andrus shares her personal journey of advocacy and fundraising for Ataxia. Inspired by her uncle Shawn’s battle with the disease.  Following the passing of her grandfather in 2021, Samantha felt compelled to act and make a difference.  She began by donating her Jeep to Ataxia research through the National...
In her illuminating piece, “About Brain Donation – Have You Ever Wondered?”, Mary Ann Peterson, NAF Research Associate, delves into the profound impact of brain donation in the fight against Ataxia. With touching insights from both donors and their families, as well as individuals directly affected by the disease, Peterson sheds light on the importance...
Life is a work in progress. Jeff Rich For me, Thanksgiving is not just a holiday but a cherished tradition, a time when the hustle and bustle of daily life takes a backseat to embrace the simple yet profound act of giving thanks. Everything about it, from the rich aroma of a roasting turkey and my...
Support Mike De Rosa and NAF National Ataxia Foundation community member Mike DeRosa and NAF Social Media Coordinator Tanoa Thome set out to hike Mount Kilimanjaro this month. From October 20-30, they will spend nine days hiking on the world’s tallest free-standing mountain in Tanzania, Africa, to raise awareness for Ataxia. Mike and Tanoa have been busy training for...

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