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National Contact: Michael Parent Local Contact: Executive Director email@example.com (763) 553-0020 SIXTEENTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ATAXIA AWARENESS DAY
Chances are that you have never heard of ataxia. That is why the National Ataxia Foundation and other ataxia organizations throughout the world have declared September 25, 2015 as “International Ataxia Awareness Day” to help get the word out about ataxia. Ataxia is a group of rare and often fatal degenerative neurological disorders.
An estimated 150,000 people in the United States are affected by ataxia. Symptoms are progressive and often impact coordination, hearing, vision, and speech. Ataxia affects both genders and all ages, but too often ataxia strikes children and young adults. At this time, there is no effective treatment or cure for ataxia. “The National Ataxia Foundation was established in 1957 and is dedicated in serving ataxia families through research, education, and support services,” says Michael Parent, the Executive Director of the National Ataxia Foundation.
Parent continued, “Ataxia can affect anyone at any time and is caused by either a recessive or dominant gene. There are also sporadic forms of ataxia which have no known genetic link or family history.” In the dominant forms of ataxia, each child born has a 50/50 chance of developing the disorder. In the case of recessive forms, each child born has a 25% chance of being affected, a 50% chance of being a carrier, and only a 25% chance of not being affected or a carrier of the gene.
In the recessive forms of ataxia, many times people do not know that they carry an ataxia gene until their child begins to display signs of in-coordination. (Please share your personal story on how ataxia has impacted you and your family as part of this press release.) To find out more about ataxia, visit the National Ataxia Foundation’s website at www.ataxia.org.
You may also write the Foundation at 2600 Fernbrook Lane, Suite 119, Minneapolis, MN 55447-4752, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (763) 553-0020.
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