Readers’ corner March 21, 2007 |

Readers’ corner March 21, 2007

Kyle Bryant and Friedriech’s ataxia: Kyle Bryant lives in Sacramento but has family here. He spoke to my Rotary Club a couple months ago about his disease and a ride he is on now to raise awareness. The disease, Friedriech’s ataxia, is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system for which, at present, there is no known cure. The term “ataxia” comes from the Greek “ataxis,” meaning “without order.” In medicine, it is used to describe the lack of muscle coordination. The person affected by ataxia loses harmony of movement.

Wally Krill of Nevada County is on Kyle’s adventure, which is to ride a recumbent bike from San Diego to Memphis. Wally’s wife, Suzie Krill, sent me this excerpt from Kyle’s blog about his trip: “As we count down to the end of this trip, I want to draw attention to the goal of this crazy adventure. The main goal has always been to draw awareness for ataxia, which is a huge part of my life and the lives of many others. Another goal of this trip has been to draw attention to the many research projects that are aiming to better understand the cause of this disease. The outcome of this trip is beyond my wildest dreams. The following is an excerpt from a recent (publication of the) Friedriech’s Ataxia Research Alliance and the National Ataxia Foundation:

“‘The National Ataxia Foundation and the Friedriech’s Ataxia Research Alliance will establish a Kyle Bryant fund with matching grants to provide $100,000 for preclinical Friedreich’s ataxia research. Details of that effort will be announced at a celebration honoring Bryant at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown Hotel.'” Suzie adds: “There aren’t many local people that have achieved what this young man and his family have.”

The Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County: This group is holding a breakfast meeting on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. The event is called “Drugs Don’t Work Here – The Benefits of a Drug Free Work Place.” Cost is $25 if you’re a member of a sponsoring organization, $30 if not. Speakers include: Jeff Ingram, employment law and civil litigation attorney; Mark Stewart, loss control rep for State Compensation Insurance Fund; Warren Daniels, executive director, Community Recovery Resources; and Bob Medlyn, CEO, general manager of Beam Easy Living Center. Call Kelly Newell for info at 273-7956.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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