Parker Teen Finds Joy Every Day, Despite Severe Illness

Parker Teen Finds Joy Every Day, Despite Severe Illness

Some people may have heard of Friedreich’s Ataxia, but most have probably never heard of the disease’s rare form: Spinocerebellar Type 7.


According to 9News, it’s a genetic condition with no hope of any treatment right now. But, that doesn’t stop Nate Redman from enjoying all the things that life has to offer.


“He finds joy in everything,” 9News reported. “He rides horses, loves to go to concerts, goes skiing and even brews his own beer.”


Nate was your typical teenager until about the age of 15 when he started having vision problems and other issues, 9News said. He was diagnosed with Ataxia at 17, and the version he has is so rare only a few dozen people are diagnosed in the country. Basically, Nate’s cerebellum produces too much protein, and his body is being overworked, and slowly shutting down. But he pushes through every day, and he and his family even want to start a social group for other young adults dealing with neurodegenerative conditions.


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