Olympic Triathlete Hunter Kemper Named Honorary Coach for Charity`s Danskin(r) Women`s Triathlon Team

Released on: March 2, 2008, 8:11 pm

Press Release Author: Jennifer Thornton / The A-T Children\'s Project

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: Hunter Kemper will be the Honorary Coach for the A-T
Children\'s Project Danskin Women's Triathlon Team for the WALT DISNEY WORLD event
on May 11, 2008.

Press Release Body: DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, February 29, 2008 - The A-T Children's
Project announced that Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper will be the Honorary Coach
for the organization's Danskin Women's Triathlon Team for the WALT DISNEY WORLD
event on May 11, 2008. Triathletes who register to participate in the Danskin
Women's Triathlon at WALT DISNEY WORLD through the A-T Children's Project will
receive access to a six-week training program and tips for success endorsed by
Kemper. Registration through Danskin is sold out for this extremely popular race,
but a limited number of people who commit to raising $600 for the A-T Children's
Project can still participate.

In addition to being a two-time Olympian, Kemper is a six-time US Elite National
Champion, 2005 United States Olympic Committee's Sportsman of the Year, 2005 World
Ranked #1, and 2003 Pan American Games Gold Medalist. Hunter is disappointed that he
will not be able to attend the event in person, but it is for a good reason. In May,
he will be preparing for the 2008 Olympic Trials.

While in Grand Rapids, Michigan in late in 2007, Kemper met Dave and Mary Veldink
and learned that two of their children, Kate (age nine) and Olivia (age six) had
both been diagnosed with ataxia-telangiectasia, or A-T. Kemper and his wife,
Valerie, were touched by hearing their story. He decided to run the WALT DISNEY
WORLD Half Marathon in January with the Veldinks, their friends and family, and
dozens of other A-T families who come each January to raise funds and awareness to
find a cure for A-T. "I was hoping to win the race for Kate and Olivia and all the
kids suffering from A-T, but unfortunately I could only pull out a 4th place finish
(1:08.28). I had so much fun and I felt proud and privileged to race for this
special cause," says Kemper. "Our hearts will never be the same," adds Valerie, "and
Hunter and I are very excited to get more involved with the A-T Children's Project."

The A-T Children's Project was founded by Brad and Vicki Margus, who have two
children with A-T. The project raises awareness and funding for research and
clinical trials that will benefit all children with A-T. To date, the project's
research has led to the development of treatments for A-T symptoms, including
feeding tubes and immune therapy, as well as gaining a deeper biological
understanding of how a mutated A-T gene causes many severe problems.

"When Jarrett and Quinn were diagnosed, Vicki and I quickly realized that research
on A-T was limited and really needed to be expanded, not just for our boys but for
other families as desperate as we were to help their kids with

A-T," Brad Margus said. "We started the A-T Children's Project to focus on a simple
mission: accelerate research, provide hope, and find a cure."

While scientists estimate one in 40,000 babies is born with A-T, it is not known
exactly how many children actually have A-T because the disease is often
misdiagnosed. Dr. Howard Lederman of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center believes
learning more about A-T could lead to advances in other more common diseases as
well. "A-T's shared traits with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and many forms of cancer
suggests that a better understanding about A-T could reveal more about those
diseases as well."

For Brad and Vicki Margus, nothing less than finding a cure will be a success. "Kids
and families are counting on us and we won't give up until we do."

For more information about the A-T Children's Project's Danskin Women's Triathlon
Team, please visit www.atcp.org.

About the A-T Children's Project
The A-T Children's Project is a nonprofit organization formed to raise funds to
support and coordinate first-rate biomedical research projects, scientific
conferences and a clinical center aimed at finding a cure or life-improving
therapies for ataxia-telangiectasia. To learn more about the A-T Children's Project,
visit www.atcp.org.

About ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T)
A-T is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects a startling variety of body
systems. Children with A-T appear normal at birth, but the early signs of the
disease usually appear during the second year of life. A-T causes the relentless
loss of muscle control, usually making children dependent on wheelchairs by age 10
and making it difficult for them to read, speak and eat. Children with A-T also
have a strikingly high risk of cancer. Although considered a rare "orphan" disease,
A-T may actually be much more common than we know, since many children with A-T,
particularly those who die at a young age, are never properly diagnosed. There
currently is no cure for A-T and no way to slow the progression of the disease.
Research on A-T may help many more common diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer's
disease and Parkinson's disease. To learn more about A-T, visit www.atcp.org.

Web Site: http://www.atcp.org

Contact Details: Jennifer Thornton

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