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Team FARA Blog

Team FARA members are running, walking, biking and swimming for FA research around the world.

While they are geographically dispersed, Team FARA is united with the same goal: to draw attention to FA through acts of physical endurance and to support the advancement of FA research towards treatments and a cure for FA.

Good morning!

After a night of battling a serious downpour the sun rises again and
the next shift looks to face another wet storm headed our way.

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    jmgsofficeJune 19, 2010 at 4:55 AM

    So sorry you are catching some bad weather. Watched the weather channel last night and was worried. On a more positive note, I went on the RAAM site to check you estimated arrival time. I am used to seeing this long list of time stations yet to go. NOT THIS TIME. The list barely took up half the page!!!

    You will be there, sooner that you think. Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.

    Juliann

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    LindaJune 19, 2010 at 5:20 AM

    You are certainly getting to experience all types of weather. I wake up and poof! you guys are closer and closer! What a team! Be careful..

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    Socal2vaJune 19, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    Good morning, Team FARA!!!

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    Blair DeSawJune 19, 2010 at 5:47 AM

    About 500 more miles! you are about 82% of the way to the finish. Great work Team FARA!
    Thank you all so much - Our hearts are with you all the way!

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    SpinnerJune 19, 2010 at 6:34 AM

    I soooooo want to be at the Finish line in Annapolis - the Cheering & emotions will be great - but now you all get to ride in the rain, that's one of my weired quirks "I Love it" (I can do with-out the lightning, but at lest with a trike I'm down close to the ground)

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    KarenJune 19, 2010 at 7:37 AM

    The GPS on my computer has you stuck in Indiana! So glad you made it to Ohio. The finish line is in sight and we are so excited and proud. Stay safe today.

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    SarahJune 19, 2010 at 9:00 AM

    Way to go guys!

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to the FA Dads on the Team FARA crew- Paul Konanz, Mike Andresen, Bob O'Neil and Mike Bryant. Thank you for trading in a quiet Father's Day at home to be on the road keeping our cyclists safe and moving towards the finish line. Thank you Paul- our RV captain and fixer of all RV things broken (generators, toilets, etc). Thank you Mike A. for all of the research on the rules, route, elevation profiles, temperatures, and cell coverage. Your detail management made us feel more in the know and less like a rookie crew. Thank you Bob for all the time spent preparing the vehicles and countless driving hours over the last week. And thank you to Mike B.- our crew chief -for taking on the enormous responsibility of leading four cyclists and twelve crew on this incredible cross country journey all because your son asked you to.

Healthy Break

Team FARA riders and crew have been working nonstop for 7 days now. We have been kicking butt and had a rough, wet night last night so we took 2 hours this afternoon to regroup and make the final push for the finish. We reflected on the past week and we are all overehelmingly proud of how far we have come but we realize that we are not done yet.

We just got back on the road more focused than ever with our sights set on the finish line.

Join TEAM FARA

Team FARA is not just this team or this race, it is a greater effort with many participants all with similar goal to stay fit, challenge yourself, raise awareness for Friedreich's Ataxia (FA) and support FA research.


Team FARA members are running, walking, biking and swimming for FA research around the world. While they are geographically dispersed, Team FARA is united with the same goal: to draw attention to FA through acts of physical endurance and to support the advancement of FA research towards treatments and a cure for FA.

Keith Michael Andrus, 12/21/1985 - 1/22/2010

Team FARA Riders and Crew dedicate our last day of riding to Keith Michael Andrus.

Keith's diagnosis of Friedreich's ataxia at age 11, inspired his parents, Raychel and Ron Bartek, to join him in his fight, and found FARA. Even during the final and very challenging months of Keith's life he courageously continued to not only advocate for himself but for others with FA as he left no stone unturned exploring advanced and experimental treatment options. Keith’s legacy and inspiration lives on in Team FARA, pushing us forward, deepening our commitment and giving us a urgency.

We often quote Ron as saying, "Acting alone there is little any of us can accomplish whereas acting together there is little we will not accomplish." These words are deeply rooted in the FARA culture- the way we pursue treatments and a cure for FA and today as we complete this amazing journey, Keith is with us.

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