Founded by Ken and Jeanne Atkinson, the primary mission of the Kendall And Taylor Atkinson Foundation (KATA) is to support scientific and medical research in developing effective treatments and a cure for Fanconi anemia (FA) and its related side effects. Fanconi anemia is a rare, inherited disease which can lead to bone marrow failure and cancer. It is terminal as there is currently no cure, and the median life expectancy for those affected by this devastating disease is just 33 years. Tragically, FA caused the death of the Atkinson’s two children, Kendall at age 20, and Taylor when he was just 18 years old. Their battles inspired the Atkinson family and friends to win the war against FA in their honor and since its inception, KATA has directly funded over $1.8 million in research.
On May 20, 2017, Steve Rice and Dave Kummer will embark on a grueling cross country bike ride from Oregon to Maine in an attempt to increase awareness for Fanconi anemia, connect with FAmilies affected by this disease, and raise money to improve medical treatment, increase life expectancy, and ultimately find a cure for Fanconi anemia. Their difficult journey will parallel the challenges, obstacles, victories, and defeats that those with FA like Kendall and Taylor endure on a daily basis. In the end, Steve and Dave hope to accomplish the one thing all of those affected by Fanconi strive for, a cure for this disease.
You can follow this two month journey by clicking on the Facebook link or the KATA website link at the bottom or top of the page. We will attempt to tell stories of the adventure and share pictures regularly. We will also dedicate each day of the ride to an individual fighting FA. Check with us each day to see who that is.
The primary mission of the Kendall & Taylor Atkinson Foundation (KATA) is to support scientific and medical research in developing effective treatments and a cure for Fanconi anemia (FA) and its related side effects. We are a non-profit, charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.