Every day is a challenge for Margaret Ferrarone's daughters, Sara and Laura. Both girls are wheelchair-bound. For them, even the simplest daily activities — getting out of bed, cutting their own food, positioning toothpaste on a brush — pose a challenge.
Sara, 20, and Laura, 17, suffer from Friedreich's Ataxia (FA), a rare genetic disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system and muscles. Symptoms, which generally appear between the ages of five and 15, can include muscle weakness and loss of coordination, vision impairment, slurred speech and heart disease. Within eight to 10 years of its onset, FA usually results in an inability to walk. There is currently no treatment or cure.