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FARA Ambassador Program

FARA Ambassadors are a united team of patient volunteers living with FA who are committed to supporting FARA in the search for treatments and a cure.

The Ambassadors are a service team within the FARA organization. Participants in the FARA Ambassador Program are passionate about building and upholding relationships within the FA community. Together we seek to know more about the research and pharmaceutical pipelines being developed through FARA in order to be better prepared to represent the FA community when opportunities arise to educate the medical community and potential donors. When meeting with scientific groups, pharma partners, and the FDA, our purpose is to promote awareness of the patient perspective of living with FA. We believe our dedicated support is key to continued success toward our ultimate goal of treatments and a cure.

FARA Ambassador Program Mission Statement:

The FARA Ambassadors are positive, supportive, peer representatives for the FA community, actively raising awareness and funds for FARA. To learn more about the FARA Ambassador Program or to have a FARA Ambassador speak at your event, please contact:

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This blog is a vehicle for the voice of the FARA Ambassador Program and features posts from Program participants and friends from the FA community on a wide range of topics.

The blog features posts about FARA events, articles about living with FA, spotlights on individuals throughout the FA community, weekly interviews to “Meet the Community,” and more. We hope that you will be inspired, uplifted and encouraged through the FARA Ambassador Blog!


August FA Teen Hangout 2019

August Teen HangoutJoin the FARA Ambassadors for a hangout for teenagers, 13-19, with ataxia (of any form). FA Teen Hangouts are hour-long web-based hangouts. If you don't have ataxia, you are not allowed to participate in the hangout. There will also be at least three adult FARA Ambassadors present. The adults will be there to help keep the conversation safe and going. August's hangout will be led by FARA Ambassador Madelyn Fredrick.

The theme: Going Back to School. You can't wait to see everyone? You're really worried about your Ataxia and school (your peers, your schoolwork, anything)? Or somewhere in between? Join us to talk or just listen. We are sure you'll find you aren't alone! It is just a relaxed conversation...the theme gets us going, but we definitely don't stick to it!

Read more: August FA Teen Hangout 2019

August FA Hangout 2019

August Hangout 2019The topic will be 'Everyday Accomplishments.' Let's talk about it! This hangout will be led by ambassador Jake Tompkins.

When: Join us on August 27th or the 28th at 8-9:30 pm. Hangouts will be held on the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, (except for holidays and the like) at 8-9:30 pm EST each of the two days.

Read more: August FA Hangout 2019

Kim Ayres

Kim AyresName: Kim Ayres

Age: 49

Where do you call home? Maple Grove, MN

Education degree(s): 2 Year Associates Degree

Who do you live with? I live with my husband Bob. Our 3 kids are now young adults. Gunnar is 24, Carson is 23 and Madison is 21.

How long have you known you are living with FA? I was diagnosed in 2011 but showed signs as early as 2004.

Are there any others with FA in your family? Yes, my younger brother Bill.

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Carrie Bolinger

Carrie BolingerName Carrie Bolinger

Age 38

Where do you call home? Eastern Colorado

Education degree: I have a Bachelor's degree in Accounting.

Who do you live with? I am single and live by myself.

What's a typical day for you? I usually go swimming in the mornings at 5:30 am, and then off to work for 8 hours. After work, I usually, go hang out with friends, relax on the couch, or work part-time jobs.

How long have you known you are living with FA? I was diagnosed in July 2017 after seeing my balance declining.

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BarbieName: Barbie

Age: 21

Where do you call home? I live in upstate NY.

Education degree(s) I plan on starting school in the fall.

Who do you live with? I am single and live by myself.

How long have you known you are living with FA? I was diagnosed in 2014.

Are there any others with FA in your family? I have a younger brother with FA.

Describe your transition from walking to walker/wheelchair. Like most people, I resisted the use of any assistive device. I currently use a walker and wheelchair.

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