Walking for Ataxia

Walking for Ataxia is one man’s mission to complete the Heysen Trail, while fundraising and creating awareness for Friedreich’s Ataxia research. We will be following Nick across his 4 month journey as he prepares and walks the Heysen Trail.

Nick suffers from a rare debilitating disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia or commonly known as FA. FA leads to loss of muscle co-ordination, fatigue, vision and hearing loss, slurred speech, diabetes, scoliosis and serious heart conditions.

Nick was planning to walk on June 5th when the unexpected happened. He started to feel soreness in his lower back at the start of March. This pain increased and it turns out Nick has re-bulged his L4/5 disc once again. Nick will undergo surgery on the 16th of May to repair this. His walk will now be pushed to 2018 and he will concrete walking dates once he starts his recovery. This is just another set back in Nick’s journey and it hasn’t dampened his resolve to complete the trail.

The Heysen trail is a 1,200km trail that starts in the Flinders Ranges and ends in Cape Jervis, South Australia .


Nick was diagnosed at 21 and still maintains his ability to walk at 27. It has always been a dream of his to walk the Heysen Trail. Nick will never have another opportunity to attempt the trail so let’s help him in completing his dream and at the same time, raising money in search of a much needed cure.