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Friedrich's Ataxia Patient Raising Funds for Research

Friedrich's ataxia--or FA for short--is a disease that affects one in 50,000 people. It attacks the central nervous system. There's no treatment, and no cure.

But one Savannah woman is hoping to change that. Lindsay Ashman, 26, isn't giving up without a fight. Even though her body is failing her, she's racing against the clock to find a cure.

Being in a wheelchair doesn't slow Ashman down. In fact, it helps her go faster as she tries to keep up with her 4-year-old son, Clay.

Her biggest challenge is maneuvering her power wheelchair, but even that doesn't stop her from doing everyday tasks like picking up after her son. "It's become so normal, I don't even notice it anymore," she said.

Ashman is slowly losing all control of her muscles due to FA. She was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago and the disease has slowly worsened. Her speech is slightly slurred, and she's lost most of her ability to move.

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