Donate Now to Help Find a Cure for A-T!
WHAT IS A-T?
Imagine a disease that combines the worst symptoms of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, immune deficiencies, and cancer. Children with A-T are usually confined to wheelchairs by age 10 and often do not survive their teens. Because A-T is a multi-system disease, scientists believe that A-T research will help more prevalent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, and cancer.
WHY the A-T Cure Team? Kati!
In 2008 My sister, Tracee got to teach an amazing second grader named Kati who had a rare disease called Ataxia Telangiectasia, A-T. At that time she was using a walker and transitioned into her wheelchair. Working closely with her family to support her in the classroom, she and her family quickly became family life-long family friends.
January 2009, Kati’s mom, Jennifer, and Tracee were on a run. Tracee noticed Jennifer’s running shirt with Donald Duck, her favorite Disney Character, and her birthday on it! She knew they were at Disney World, but thought it was to celebrate Kati's birthday, but they were also running to support A-T! Tracee knew then that one day, she too would celebrate her birthday at Disney World and run to support Kati and other kids challenged with A-T.
January 9, 2021 is that day! I will be joining my sister celebrating her 50th birthday, Kati’s 20th, and we’re both running for Team Kati. I got to meet Kati and join her and her family on a ride with Tracee this summer. Kati is still the sweet and fun-loving girl Tracee first met. With the support of Kati's family and friends, she has grown up to be one of the most ABLE young adults we know. Kati loves life and is always ready to seek an adventure: adaptive skiing in the winter, biking on her tandem recumbent bike, horseback riding, and even skydiving!
I am proud to be running with my sister for Team Kati and helping to support the Cure for A-T! Please help us help Kati and the Cure too by donating here on our web page.
Todd and Tracee
Kati and her A-T Friends too!
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