My dad passed away when I was 15 years old. He didn’t give up without a fight and never lost sight of what made life great, despite the many reasons why it wasn’t. Even today, I look back on his fight against ataxia and feel determined and inspired. He taught me to always appreciate the positives in life and for that I am forever grateful. Two years after my father’s death, I was tasked with volunteering in a local fundraiser as part of the requirements for my health class. Thinking back to my dad’s legacy, and with the help of a friend, I seized the opportunity to start a new fundraiser, Walk for Dave, in memory of my father. At first, I didn’t really know about the National Ataxia Foundation. I started by getting in contact with Lori, who helped me set up the fundraiser and figure out all the logistics as a beginner. With the help of friends, family, and corporate sponsors I successfully raised over $5,000 the first walk, all of which was donated to the National Ataxia Foundation for research.