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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!


"The Ataxian" Screening

ataxian collageThis past week, FARA partnered with the Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center (BAARC) at the University of Minnesota to screen The Ataxian. This event brought almost 200 people from the community together to screen the film, learn about Ataxia and participate in a panel discussion including Kyle Bryant and Dr. Christophe Lenglet, a University of Minnesota neuroscientist studying Friedreich's Ataxia.

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Naomi Houghton

NaomiName Naomi Houghton

Age 24

Where do you call home? British Columbia, Canada

Education: I have a diploma in Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant, FA will ultimately render me unable to perform my job as a rehabilitation assistant, but for now it has allowed me to build better rapport with my clients. I can now relate to their struggles and offer encouragement to them from a genuinely understanding place.

What is your relationship status? I live with my two best friends and greatest supports: Michael, my common-law partner, and Memphis, my Teacup Yorkie.

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FA Hangout September 2018

FA musicThe FARA Ambassador Program presents an FA Hangout talking about: Live Music! Noelle and Brittany are leading the discussion. How's venue accessibility? How's your hearing? Let's talk! September 25 & 26!

At FA Hangouts we laugh, we connect, we hangout, we learn from and about each is so fun! It is just an informal discussion with a theme. We just talk when the theme has run its course, no pressure. People who just want to listen are very welcome!

Every Hangout is open to anyone with FA and a translator if needed for hearing or speech difficulties. (Mark your calendars, FAHangouts will be the last consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of the month, except for holidays and the like) at 8-9:30 PM EDT each of the three days.

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Teen Hangouts - September 2018

September 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. We are now hosting them on WebEx. If you had a hard time joining our Google Hangout, you aren't alone. We hope you'll try again on WebEx.

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.

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Colton Watson and Family

Colton 3Name: Colton Watson


Where do you call home? Littleton, Colorado

Education: 5th Grade

Who do you live with? I live with my parents, two older brothers, and dog Jaxon.

What's a typical day for you? I get ready for school, do my physical therapy exercises and stretches, go to school, come home and do homework, and then play video games or watch YouTube.

How long have you known you are living with FA? I went to the doctor in May and was officially diagnosed with a positive genetic test in July. I showed signs of balance issues for a couple years prior to that.

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