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Dear Friends and FAmily,
Laura passed away on Saturday, June 6th due to complications from Friedreich's ataxia.
Laura participated in rideAtaxia for the past 7 years and with your help Team Hope has raised over $42,000 to help fund research into finding a treatment and, more importantly, a cure for FA. Laura would want us to continue to fight to cure FA so we are going to support rideAtaxia this year in her honor.
FA is a progressive neuromuscular disease which affects balance and coordination, energy production, vision, speech/swallowing, and heart function. FA affects more than 5,000 individuals in the U.S. Onset of symptoms varies from childhood to adulthood. Laura started showing symptoms of FA at age 3 and was diagnosed at age 5. There is currently no treatment for FA but Laura and Team Hope have come together for the past 7 years to change that.
rideATAXIA has raised over $8.5 million since 2007. Please help us to continue that momentum this year in honor of Laura. Laura was always very grateful for the support her FAmily and friends gave her over the past 7 years.
Love from Laura
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