Initiated by Kyle Bryant in 2007, rideATAXIA has raised invaluable awareness for FA and over $6 million in support of FA research. 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 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 2017, rideATAXIA welcomed over 2,255 participants and raised over $1 Million in support of FARA’s mission to treat and cure FA.
rideATAXIA[+] seeks to empower local communities to organize neighborhood bike rides and also raise funds for FARA's mission to treat and cure Friedreich's ataxia (FA) through research. In the spirit of rideATAXIA, these grassroots rides include participants of all abilities. Each ride is followed by a gathering to celebrate the camaraderie that drives us toward the ultimate finish line -treatments and a cure for FA.
The Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) is a national, public, 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to curing Friedrech’s ataxia (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.