Medical team earns award named after Bear River grad |

Medical team earns award named after Bear River grad

The National Ataxia Foundation and the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance has announced the $100,000 Kyle Bryant Award will go to translational research for a possible treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia.

Bear River High School graduate Bryant, 25, now living in the Sacramento area, raised $40,000 on his cross-country “Ride Ataxia,” visiting FRDA researchers and patient families along his route, which was featured in a feature story in The Union.

The alliance and foundation announced at the end of his ride that the two organizations would add funds to bring the total of the Kyle Bryant Research Award to $100,000. The money will be used by an Australian and British medical team at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia.

Friedreich’s ataxia is a life-shortening, debilitating and rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder. Most patients need a wheelchair full-time by their late teens and die as young adults. There is no cure.

Bryant left La Jolla on January 22, with a group of friends and family, and logged about 60 miles a day, arriving in Memphis March 22. He kept a blog describing his adventures along the way at

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