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Fredreich's Ataxia is a life shortening, degenerative muscular disease that affects people's lives daily. My mother was diagnosed with FA at the age of 30, and ever since then having FA has changed her life completely. FA has forced her to become less independent, as she can no longer visit places without having someone to push her in her wheelchair, and she cannot stand unless she holds onto a bar. She did not chose to have FA. It was not her choice to become less independent. She had no say in the matter. Sometimes I complain about my legs aching after a sports practice, or the scrape I got on my knee from tripping while jogging, but I rarely stop to think about my mother, who can no longer jog or walk, or even stand up. 1 in 50,000 people in the USA are diagnosed with FA. It is not their choice, they cannot just say "no thanks" and have it go away. These people have to work around FA in their every day lives, whether it's installing bars in their bathrooms, or having help being fed, or dealing with severe heart problems. By helping support FARA, the Fredreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, whether you are donating money that goes toward research, or donating your time on fundraisers and bike rides, or even spending time with these people so that you may get to know them and understand FA, or spreading awareness about FA, you are improving these people's lives.
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