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Meet the Community

You are not alone. The entire FA community, also known as the FAmily, is taking this journey with you. Meet a few of our dynamic people with FA below.  New Meet the Community interviews are posted every Monday, so be sure to visit often.  Please e-mail if you would like to be interviewed for a Meet the Community post.

FARA Ambassadors

The FARA Ambassadors are a group of people living with FA who are committed to supporting FARA in the search for a treatment and cure. They represent the community by speaking at events, meeting pharmaceutical partners, giving media interviews, and more.

Meet the FAmily!

Neal Ramer

Neal RamerName: Neal Ramer

Age: 41

Where do you call home? Tippecanoe, IN

Education degree(s): 8th grade

Do you have children? No

What's a typical day for you? Typically, I sleep, eat, take care of my dogs, eat, sleep... rinse, repeat. I am a dog breeder.

How long have you known you are living with FA? (When and how were you diagnosed?) I was diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) because there was no genetic test. Then when I was 23, I was correctly diagnosed with FA by a blood test.

Emery Fitzhugh

Emery FName: Emery Fitzhugh

Age: 20 years old

Where do you call home? Texas

Education degree(s): High school degree

Who do you live with? I'm single and I live with my parents

What's a typical day for you? A typical day for me is watching Netflix, eating, and cleaning. I love drawing, painting, and taking care of my 3 dogs, which are a black lab, a Chihuahua, and a mix. I also love watching musical movies and watching Youtube.

How long have you known you are living with FA? I knew something was wrong at 7 but was diagnosed at 8.

The Batta Family

Batta Family 3Name: Ryanne Batta

Age: 15

Where do you live? Watertown, SD

Education/Grade: I'm a sophomore in high school.

Who do you live with? I live with my parents, my brother Sam when he's home from college, our dogs Buddy and Solar; Solar is my service dog.

What is a typical day for you? During the school year, I go to some classes at the high school and also work from home for other classes. In the summer, I like to spend my days at home by the lake.

Erin Wooten

Erin WootenName: Erin Wooten

Age: 26 years old

Where do you call home: Carthage, Mississippi

How long have you known you are living with FA? I started having early onset problems when I was about 12 years old but I didn't get a correct diagnosis until I was 19 years old. I started off thinking I was just a clumsy kid. About age twelve, I couldn't even walk a semi-straight line. I went from one side of the hallway at school to the other like a ping pong ball. I also could no longer walk up or down stairs without help. My legs just felt unexplainably funny. I started seeing doctors shortly after. With those symptoms, I was diagnosed with inner ear problems.

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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