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Valdosta Outback to host Ataxia fundraiser

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

November 6, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta restaurant is helping a woman who suffers from a rare disease.

Sally Smith has Freidreich's Ataxia, a rare, life-shortening disease that attacks the cerebellum.

Currently, there is no treatment or cure.

Outback Steak house will host a fundraising dinner and auction for the research organization to help Sally and others affected by the disease.

"She's very brave. I'm so proud of her. She's persevered through 23 years of this disease. They had told us she wouldn't live past her 30's but now she's 37," says Georgia Smith.

"Hopefully the money raised during this dinner is going to be a way to find an answer for and making the lives better for those people who have Freidreich's Ataxia and the families out there and we find a cure one day," adds Outback Proprietor John Moon.

The dinner will take place at 6:30 PM Tuesday, November 18th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Valdosta.

Tickets are $25.00 each and can be purchased at Luna Restaurant and Outback Steakhouse.  They hope to sell 100 tickets.