My name is Jennifer Dawn Powell, and I was born in December 1985. I was diagnosed with A-T when I was 8 years old. For the most part I’m a regular girl. I graduated from Oakland Community College where I got my degree in Liberal Arts.

I enjoy volunteering at Barnard Elementary, my old elementary school. I love helping the kids with their reading and times tables. I also help all the teachers any way I can. Someday, when there is a cure for A-T, I would like to be a teacher.

My hobbies are reading and listening to books on CD, watching TV and movies, socializing on Facebook, and going to my favorite websites. I also love doing crafts. All of these things take a lot of time and are difficult to do because of A-T, but I keep at it!

I help my family raise money for the A-T Children’s Project by “letting” my mom push me in the Disney World 5K race in January.

Raising money these days is hard and we could use all the help you can give us!! We have to find a cure for A-T!


We’re asking you to be part of our Giving Circle by donating $10 or more a month using the donation form below. Your monthly gift will help maintain a constant means of support for research funding. The advancements we have made and are making can be attributed to the families and friends like you who generously support our mission to find life-improving therapies and a cure for A-T. Every dollar raised is a dollar filled with hope.

Our Giving Circle donors will receive:

  • A listing here on our Giving Circle webpage
  • Special updates
  • A yearly tax receipt
  • The satisfaction of knowing that your dollars are hard at work


Imagine a disease that combines the worst symptoms of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, immune deficiencies, and cancer. Children with A-T are usually confined to wheelchairs by age 10 and often do not survive their teens. Because A-T is a multi-system disease, scientists believe that A-T research will help more prevalent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, and cancer.

Our current monthly donors:

Richard Underhill

Helen Brown