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Ride Ataxia History

Ride Ataxia I

In January 2007 Kyle and his recumbent tricycle a.k.a. “the trike” were joined by his dad Mike, his Uncle Steve, fellow Ataxian David (Spinner), his elementary school friend Andy and other dedicated supporters for the 2,400 mile ride from San Diego to Memphis to raise awareness and research funds for Friedreich’s Ataxia. The trip was a HUGE success!  Despite knee injuries, harsh weather and other challenges, the team visited FA researchers and patient families along the way, and made it to Memphis on time and in good health.

The team raised more than $40,000 and even more exciting was the uniting of the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) for the first time ever. Both of these internationally-reaching organizations contributed matching funds creating the $100,000 Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award.  By June 2007, the grant was awarded to Dr. Nuri Gueven at Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia for promising Ataxia research.

Ride Ataxia II

Ride Ataxia II started on March 15, 2008 in Sacramento, CA and traveled 650 miles in 13 days to the National Ataxia Foundation Annual Membership Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.  The ride involved many new teammates, the team was 50 riders strong for the first day and 21 participants finished as a team at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.  Ride Ataxia II raised invaluable awareness and $135,000 for friedreich’s Ataxia research.  Once again the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) helped fund the  Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award for $250,000.

Ride Ataxia III

Ride Ataxia III began in Portland, OR and ended in Seattle, WA at the 52nd NAF annual membership meeting. Ride Ataxia III teams raised over $260,000 to support the Kyle Bryant Translational Research Award. NAF and FARA announced at the end of the ride that the two organizations would add sufficient funds to bring the total of the award to $360,000.

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