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Friedreich's Ataxia Fundraiser a Success

Mary Caruso and the Congregational Church's picnic to raise funds for research to cure Friedreich’s Ataxia draws a large and enthusiastic crowd on Sunday.

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Mary Caruso and her daughters Sam and Alex Bode of North Branford, in conjunction with the , put on their for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance on Sept. 11.

The fundraiser consisted of a walk down historic North Street followed by a picnic on the lawn of the church. The picnic was a contribution of Outback Steakhouse of Orange. Numerous individuals and organizations provide prizes for a raffle that followed.

Entertainment was provided by the bluegrass band Redstone Ridge and the kids were mesmerized by juggler (and comedian) Jason Pipitone.

Both of Caruso’s daughters were diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia around the age of eight (click for their story). The disease affects fine motor skill,  speech, energy production and heart function, and both now require wheelchairs for mobility.

There was an excellent turnout for the occasion and everyone appeared to enjoy the event while contributing to an excellent cause.

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