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Helm Resolution Aims to Raise Awareness for Ataxia
9/22/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) is the sponsor of a resolution that designates Thursday, September 25, 2014, as “Ataxia Awareness Day” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. House Resolution 944 was unanimously adopted today by the House of Representatives.

“It is my hope that by designating September 25 as ‘Ataxia Awareness Day’ in Pennsylvania we can raise public awareness about this disorder and urge all citizens to honor and support those individuals with ataxia and their caregivers,” said Helm during her remarks on the House floor.

Rep. Helm’s floor remarks:


Ataxia is a degenerative neurological disorder that causes slow, progressive deterioration of nerve cells in the spinal cord and cerebellum, affecting an individual's balance, coordination and speech. There are an estimated 150,000 individuals throughout the nation affected by this disorder, which is often fatal.

The initial symptoms of ataxia include clumsiness and loss of coordination, but as the condition progresses, ataxia may affect mobility and the ability to communicate and lead to total physical dependency. Many conditions can cause ataxia, including alcohol abuse, stroke, tumor, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. An inherited defective gene also can cause the disorder.

Although ataxia is uncommon, recent scientific research suggests it is more prevalent than previously thought, and it may often be misdiagnosed or unrecognized. There is no known treatment or cure for ataxia, leaving the only defense to be research and prevention through education.

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Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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