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Bike ride along I&M Canal in Channahon raises funds for rare disease research

Julie Vallier said she was in shock as her doctor broke the news that after years of tests, her medical diagnosis was Friedreich’s ataxia — FA.

“I thought, okay, what is that? I had never heard of it. Then he said there is no treatment and no cure. I could see his lips move, but I couldn’t hear him,” Vallier said.

On July 21, Vallier was among the 300 people who traveled to Central Park in Channahon to ride one of five cycling trails as a part of the FA research fundraiser rideATAXIA Chicago. This was the eighth time that race founder Kyle Bryant held the event in Channahon.

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