Mission Objective

raise funds to fight ataxia

$27,178 of $50,000 Raised

Until Mike and Ed make their 26.2 mile march for Ataxia

NAF is supporting Mike De Rosa and Ed Brand in their quest to complete the Bataan Memorial Death March. Right now is your opportunity to support them too! Be a part of the Joint Mission Bataan – an operation to raise awareness of Ataxia.

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a 26.2 mile hike through the high desert of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The march will take place on March 17, 2019; it is a memorial in honor of the thousands of soldiers who served in the Philippine Islands during World War II.

About Mike

Mike De Rosa Sr. joined the military while still in high school and started Basic Training 13 days after graduation. He served for over 23 years and was stationed all over the world, including Iraq. Mike retired from the Special Forces (Green Berets) in 2005 and was diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) in 2012.

Mike likes to challenge himself with physical events that test his character and strength. This year, he decided to complete a joint mission that will raise awareness for Ataxia, support NAF's mission, and allow him to prove himself.
Mike De Rosa
Former Special Forces (Green Beret)

About Ed

Ed was diagnosed with Ataxia in the very beginning of 2013. He likes to participate in and support events that raise Ataxia awareness.

Ed is excited to challenge himself and pay tribute to those service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice. He wants to provide an example of things that can be accomplished by people with disabilities. He is especially proud and honored to participate and march with a Special Forces service member.
Ed Brand
Tri-State Ataxia Support Group Member

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Join the Mission

Want to get involved? Start a team to support the Joint Mission Bataan! 

Click the link below, register your team, and get started today!

Need help? Contact Jon Wegman, Development Associate, at jon@ataxia.org or 763-553-0020.

all proceeds BENEFIT the national ataxia foundation

About NAF


For discoveries that lead to greater understanding of this rare neurological disease, NAF is there, providing support and funding to the worlds greatest Ataxia scientists. We collaborate with top researchers to look for better treatment options and a cure.


NAF understands that living with a rare disease can be hard. We coordinate support groups across the country to help people with Ataxia connect and support one another. We also maintain the only comprehensive list of Ataxia clinics and neurologists in the country.


The first step towards a cure is awareness about the disease. NAF works to educate the general public and the medical community about Ataxia. Using various outreach tactics, NAF continues to provide the latest in Ataxia education.


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