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FARA Ambassador Program

The 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: info@cureFA.org.

Breaunna Hoffman

BreaunnaHi everyone, I'm Breaunna Hoffman. I am from Pennsylvania. I'm 24 years old, and I was 15 when I was diagnosed with Friedreich's ataxia. Otherwise known as FA. I never really showed symptoms of FA growing up, except I was "clumsy." At 15, I developed severe scoliosis in my lower back. Doctors ran tests and diagnosed me with FA. Growing up I avidly played sports, so; I was in denial for years. I felt so alone until I was 19. I started using a cane to be more stabilized. At 22, I started using a rollator/walker, as much as I didn't want to be 22 in using a walker, it was a definite game-changer for me. It gave me so much freedom in my everyday life. It's allowed me to walk without having constant anxiety that I'm going to lose my balance and fall. Every day for me is different from the next. I watch my niece and nephew. I'm currently enrolling in a clinical trial for FA, & I'm also a FARA ambassador. I became an ambassador because I find spreading awareness for FA is so important!! I enjoy spending time with family friends and my boyfriend. I love to travel and listening to music.

Elvis Trompf

ElvisHello, my name is Elvis. I'm a personal trainer, a university student, and a FARA ambassador hailing from Sydney, Australia.

I was first diagnosed with FA back in October 2019 (I was 26) when it was confirmed with a genetic test but was given the general diagnosis of Ataxia in November of 2017.

Growing up, I had always felt different from the other kids. I was a bit clumsy and uncoordinated, but still a cheerful guy. I always took comments about my symptoms in my stride; until they started to become more pronounced and noticeable, and walking around had started to become increasingly difficult.

Megan Leeper

MeganHello! My name is Megan Leeper.


I live in the north Texas area, and I was diagnosed with FA at 19. I always thought that I was just a little clumsy growing up but found out it was all because of FA. I am currently studying Forensic Psychology online from SNHU and hope to be able to travel globally when I finish my degree.

Seth Holm

SethHey there, hi there, ho there! My name is Seth Holm. I'm from Minnesota and am a quarter of a century-old! Currently, I tutor in elementary, middle school and high school math. I'm also preparing to go to school in the fall for accounting to become a CPA. I was diagnosed with FA at the same time as my sister in 2015 just weeks after my 21st birthday.

When I was first diagnosed, things seemed pretty grim and it was as if the world was conspiring against me. But the moment I learned acceptance and started conversing with others in the FAmily, everything got so much brighter. That's why I joined the Ambassador Program, not only for myself but to be that positive light in recently diagnosed persons' lives. To show that this isn't the end of the world, but the beginning of a new one blessed with opportunities of strength, fortitude and empathy. We can still do anything we set our minds to; it'll just take a little more patience and a little less
negativity. The only thing more pointless than the Oxford comma is pessimism.

Keith O’Brien

Keith OBrienHey everyone! I'm Keith, and I live on the Jersey Shore. I was diagnosed at about 12 years old alongside my older brother, who was a High School Junior. I was active in the community at the beginning, but life got in the way for a few years. Now I'm back and more excited than ever to be a part of it!

I look forward to all of the unique people, I'll be able to meet and befriend through my ambassadorship. You'll usually find me making music or fishing, and you'll always be welcome to join me at either!

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