In advance of the 5th annual Ride Ataxia on October 13, a fundraising effort to raise money for Friedreich’s Ataxia research, I spoke with Dr. David Lynch at a research lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia about his efforts to find a cure for the disease. Dr. Lynch says his mission is personal. Some of the patients that he sees who have FA are his friends. Patients with ataxia are impaired in the part of the nervous system that controls movement, so they struggle with coordination, balance and speaking. Friedrich’s Ataxia is a specific type ataxia effecting 1 in 50,000 Americans, who are typically diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 15. Dr. Lynch and his collaborators from the University of Pennsylvania have dedicated 16 years of research to finding a cure for this progressive disease. Take a look to learn more about their heartfelt efforts.
WPHL-17 is a proud media partner of Ride Ataxia. Tune into Eye Opener all week for more compelling stories of people impacted by Friedrich’s Ataxia. The annual biking event will take place at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania the morning of October 13. Visit rideataxia.org to learn more.