SOUTH FORSYTH — A Forsyth County family with two children facing a rare neurological disease will be among those raising funds and awareness for the condition in a bike ride Sunday.
Candy and Jason Stacks and their two children will take part in rideATAXIA Atlanta at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center. The event raises funds for those with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare degenerative neuro-muscular disorder.
In a statement, Candy Stacks said that “more than anything, it is a gathering of people affected directly or indirectly by this disease.”
“[It is] people who want to do something, anything, to encourage and to remind their kids, their friends, their spouse, themselves, that even when doctors tell you there is nothing to be done, you can still do something,” she said.
About 100 cyclists expected for the event, with a choice of 25- and 50-mile routes on county roads or on an 8-mile paved trail.
Online registration has closed, but those wanting to ride can sign up at 7 a.m. Sunday at the conference center for the longer routes and at 8 a.m. at the Bid Creek Greenway Trailhead at Fowler Park for the 8-mile paved route and. Registration is $55.
The local ride will be the Atlanta-area stop for the nationwide program, which will also come to Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago and northern California.
More information can be found online at www.rideataxia.org/atlanta.