By John Anderson
On Saturday, the 7th Annual Walk n’ Roll for Ataxia took place at Lemansky Field. This year’s goal of $25,000 is close to being surpassed with continued donations, and $24,000 was in hand at the end of the event. Last year’s Ride for John netted $16,700, so this was a great gain. Numerous students from Auburn High School walked on behalf of Ataxia, and there were 250 in attendance including teams from New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
Special guests for the day were Dr. Jeremy Schmahmann, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Ataxia Unit and the Laboratory of Neuroanatomy and Cerebellar Neurobiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital; Lori Shogren, Special Projects Coordinator for the National Ataxia Foundation; and Senator Michael Moore who, along with Representative Paul Frost, proposed and passed legislation to make September 25th National Ataxia Awareness Day in Massachusetts. WXLO’s Mary Knight emceed the event.
John Mauro was extremely pleased and possibly a bit overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. He emailed a wonderful comment, “One thing I would like to add is what an outstanding wife I have to back me and help take on everything we have done. In most families with ataxia, the caregiver needs support, and I forget she is not only fighting to get the word out but is also my caregiver. She does a lot of the things I can’t. Over twenty-five years married, and she is the best friend I could ever ask for.”
A great job by a great family and all those who stand with them. Thanks John, Dana, the boys, and everyone else.