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The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) is a national 501 (c)(3) dedicated to curing Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) through research. FA is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. About 1 in 50,000 people in the US have FA. The symptoms are loss of coordination in the arms and legs, fatigue, vision impairment, hearing loss, slurred speech, scoliosis, diabetes and serious heart conditions. FA is a genetic disorder and currently there are no treatments only symptom management. FARA is funding research to find a cure.

A family that is near and dear to the hearts of AWA has battled this disorder for the last 20 years with grace and dignity. If you would like to help fund research for a cure for FA please go to to make a donation.