Cindy Furton De Mint is a mother of four. Three of her sons are diagnosed with Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia Type 2 (AOA2). Ever since, the De Mint family has worked hard to spread awareness about AOA2 and fund research to find a cure.
Cindy Furton De Mint is a mother of four— three of which have been diagnosed with AOA2. Ever since, Cindy considers it her life’s purpose to find a cure for Ataxia. She is committed and finds strength in her faith to keep going. To get closer to her goal, she became a spokesperson for Ataxia, organized an annual Orange Country Walk ‘n’ Roll, and works as a board member for the National Ataxia Foundation.
Cindy’s sons Peter, Tim, and JT are wheelchair-bound because of AOA2 and Cindy has taken on the role of being their full-time caregiver. Each brother faces his own struggles with everyday tasks and feelings of frustration. However, strong-willed like their mom, the three brothers have dedicated their own page Brothers On A Quest to spread awareness for AOA2 and fund research to find a cure. Dr. Brent Fogel is a researcher at UCLA who is studying this rare disorder. The brothers are also part of this research at UCLA and hope that a cure will be found sometime in the near future.
On their road to spread awareness, the De Mint family created the short documentary We Are Strong to share their story. Moreover, they host exciting annual events like a Row-A-Thon to raise money for AOA2 research. If you would like to support Brothers On A Quest, it is always possible to make a contribution to the cause by making a donation.
Big thanks to Cindy Furton De Mint and her sons for spreading the word about AOA2 and raising money for research to find a cure!
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