Member Stories

Louise Estabrook

Louise Estabrook

The National Ataxia Foundation serves as a constant reminder for so many that we are not alone on this journey. The network and support provided by the NAF have enabled my family and me to find strength through this battle knowing that any success we achieve is not solely for Read More…

Lindsay Ferris

Ferris Family

When Liesel was a baby I noticed her not meeting her milestones. Liesel’s Pediatrician watched her closely. At her 6 month checkup we made the decision to start therapy, but it took 2 months to get approval from insurance. Liesel started physical and occupational therapy at 8 months old. During Read More…

Mary Fuchs

Mary Fuchs

From Riding a Harley Davidson to a Catrike -Ataxia is not who I am, it is what I have. I was diagnosed with Hereditary Friedreich Ataxia (FDRA) in August 1998. I had neurological issues for a few years before being tested (e.g. gait or the airplane walk, slurred speech, balance, Read More…

David Henry

David Henry Jr.

It is a “Funny thing”, now looking back at what caused me to seek a diagnosis’. Yeah, spending some quality time in jail caused me to get motivated to find some answers. It is real plain to see God’s powerful, loving and guiding hand in the diagnoses process. Even the Read More…

Lisa and Jane Jaffe

Lisa and Jane Jaffe

My name is Jane Jaffe. My daughter, Lisa, was diagnosed with Ataxia in July 2002. We were shocked when the neurologist told us our gorgeous, smart, funny, terrific daughter had a part of her brain shrinking. At the time, Lisa was a teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Read More…

Leonard Family

Leonard Family

My name is Stephanie Leonard, and I have two sons, Ames and Asher. When they were babies, we started noticing they were delayed with milestones and didn’t take their first steps until after their second birthday. After countless hours of research, physical therapy, doctor appointments, MRIs, and genetic testing we Read More…

Linda Snider, MD

Linda Snider, MD

My name is Linda Snider, MD, and I am 45 years old. I started experiencing symptoms in my late 30s — walking off balance, slurring my words, and tripping a lot. I was diagnosed with SCA type 1. I became a doctor because my father had Ataxia and I became Read More…

Jonathan Zilles

Jonathan Zilles

I’m Jonathan Zilles. I was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia when I was 11 years old. Life as a kid with Friedreich’s was pretty normal, but I fell down a lot. My symptoms started early and included hand-eye coordination issues. Despite FA, I was fortunate enough to graduate both high school Read More…

Ed Schwartz

Ed Schwartz

My name is Ed Schwartz. I’m co – chairman of “The Western Pennsylvania Ataxia Support Group of the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF). Ataxia is the biggest challenge I have ever had to face in my life. About twenty three years ago I began to fall down in the dark. Then Read More…

Lisa Cole and daughter

Lisa Cole

I wanted to help the NAF and spread awareness about Ataxia. One way I could help support the NAF and also bring about awareness was by having fundraisers. I have two fundraisers per year.  Introducing the NAF to my friends and acquaintances or by telling them to go directly to Read More…

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