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2020 JMB is Bigger Than Ever

Last year, Mike De Rosa Sr. and Ed Brand started the Joint Mission Bataan to Cure Ataxia (JMB). They marched more than 26 miles through the desert to support NAF’s mission and raise awareness about Ataxia. Together, they raised more than $35,000. This year, we had 31 representatives step up across the country Read More…

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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with Ataxia

Guest Author: Rachel Gaffney, Outreach Specialist at Disability Benefits Help If you have Ataxia, you may experience a variety of challenges. Ataxia can be disabling, and if you are unable to work and earn a living because of the severity of the condition, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Read More…

Don’t Skip AAC in Denver Because of Weather – Here’s Why

Author: Linda Snider Sidwell, MD, NAF Board Member and Support Group Leader The 2020 Annual Ataxia Conference in Denver, Colorado is going to be a world class conference with scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and of most importantly, Ataxians. I’m hoping to see you there. Why do you want to come to Denver you Read More…

Ataxia Community Links

It can be hard to connect with other people who have Ataxia. NAF has a number of support groups around the country to help you learn and meet others. There are also lots of great online resources from other members of the Ataxia community. Finding them can be difficult if Read More…

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Meet Others Under 30 with Ataxia at 2020 AAC

Author: Lauren Sormani, NAF Support Group Leader I was diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 8 in 2017 when I was 21 years old. A few months after my diagnosis I found a support group near me and I attended. I was thrilled to meet other people with Ataxia, but what Read More…

Ataxia Genetic Test Options

Working with your doctor to obtain a diagnosis can be difficult, especially with a rare disease. Medical history, family history, and a neurological evaluation are used to diagnose Ataxia. Various blood tests may also be used to rule out other disorders. Your doctor may recommend genetic testing if a hereditary Read More…

Clinical Trials in Ataxia: Hope, Opportunity, and Caveats

We’ve been talking a lot lately about Ataxia clinical trials. But what is a clinical trial? Should you sign up to participate when there is one available for your type of Ataxia? What happens during a clinical trial? Learn everything that you need to know with this webinar: Clinical Trials Read More…

Only 26 JMB Spots Remain. Want One?

Author: Joel Sutherland, NAF Development Director Only 26 spots remain in the 2020 Joint Mission Bataan to Cure Ataxia campaign.  Would you like to join us? To refresh your memory, this campaign, that we call JMB, is an expansion of last years’ effort led by North Carolina resident, Mike De Rosa and Read More…

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Support NAF for #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that is recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, usually through social media efforts. To celebrate, people donate time, talents, and/or resources to causes that are important to them. This year, #GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2019.  At NAF, Giving Tuesday Read More…

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