Help Erin beat FA

In January of 2010 Erin received the devastating news she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Friedreichs Ataxia (FA). FA is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. About 1 in 50,000 people in the US are diagnosed with FA. FA patients have gene mutations that limit the production of a protein called frataxin. Frataxin is known to be an important protein that functions in the mitochondria (the energy producing factories) of the cell. Specific nerve cells (neurons) degenerate in people with FA, and this is directly manifested in the symptoms of the disease. Although, symptoms were subtle upon diagnoses, they grew worse in 2012 during her pregnancy. Erin is a 26 year old mother with a two year old son. The progressing symptoms of fatigue, loss of coordination and balance require her to use a walker at all times. Future symptoms Erin is at risk for are: cardiomyopathy, slurred speech, diabetes, and worsened coordination, balance which could potentially lead to confinement to a wheelchair.

There are no cures or treatments at this time for Friedreichs Ataxia but there is ongoing research in finding a cure. Which is why I'm calling on you to help Erin raise money to travel to Tampa, FL to participate in a medical research trial in hopes that the supplement they administer will help slow down or even stop the progression of the weakening heart, balance and coordination. The trial will include 6 visits to Tampa, FL to the University of South Florida over the next two years. All donations will be used for travel and accommodations.

Erin is dedicated in volunteering her time in search of a treatment/cure not only so she can live a longer and healthier life for her and her son, but to spread awareness of such treatments to others afflicted with this disease.

Any and all donations are VERY much appreciated. If you are unable to donate, passing this message along to others will also be a big help. Thank you all!
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Erin Kate Pieper 
Mehlville, MO
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