Ataxia Challenge - walk 2018
Ataxia Canada - Claude St-Jean Foundation
Ataxia Canada, better known as the Claude St-Jean Foundation, celebrates its 46th anniversary this year. Forty-six years of ups and downs, discoveries and hope. Forty-six years in which the Foundation has been able to count on hundreds of volunteers, thousands of donors, friends and supporters. Forty-six years during which it injected nearly $15M in research. Doctors, teachers, sick persons, patients, people living with familial ataxia, can now look to the future and believe in healing.
At present, there are nearly 7,000 genetic (hereditary) diseases known worldwide and more than fifty forms of familial ataxias recorded in Quebec (one in 60 Quebecers is a carrier). Dr. Jacques P Tremblay (who has been working with us for about 10 years now) and his entire team have managed to cure a Fridreich’s Ataxia mouse. It is therefore the humans’ turn now! And the next steps that scientists must take to get there are the production of viral vectors1 (non-existent production in Canada and expensive elsewhere), toxicological tests, new trials on mice, etc.
This process is expensive, and we have an urgent need for money. The first step, $2.5M; and all together we can do it.