Initiated by Kyle Bryant in 2007, rideATAXIA has raised invaluable awareness for FA and over $5 million in support of FA research in just 9 years. Bryant’s inspiration spurs from his diagnosis at age 17 and the discovery that he could travel long distances under his own power on a recumbent tricycle. Fueled by the passion to do more for himself and the FA community, Bryant and his family completed a 2,500 mile bike ride from San Diego to Memphis to raise awareness and funds for FA research. That was just the beginning of rideATAXIA.
Now functioning as a program of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), rideATAXIA offers challenging and family fun bike rides at locations all across the USA. rideATAXIA started as a crazy idea that is now empowering thousands and changing the outlook on research for a rare, life-shortening disease. In 2016, rideATAXIA welcomed 2,255 participants and raised over $1 million in support of FARA’s mission to treat and cure FA.
FARA is a national, public, 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to curing FA through research. FARA grants and activities provide support for basic and translational FA research, pharmaceutical/ biotech drug development, clinical trials, and scientific conferences. FARA also serves as a catalyst, between the public and scientific community, to create worldwide exchanges of information that drive medical advances.