• About Jumpin’ for Jazz

    About Jumpin’ for Jazz

    Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jumpin' for Jazz, Inc. is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving the lives of children suffering from Friedreich's ataxia, ensuring quality care for all and empowering research organizations to find the cure.

What is Friedreich’s Ataxia?*

  • An inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.
  • Named after the physician Nicholaus Friedreich, who first described the condition in the 1860s.
  • “Ataxia” refers to coordination problems such as clumsy or awkward movements and unsteadiness, occurs in many different diseases and conditions.
  • The ataxia of Friedreich’s ataxia results from the degeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal cord and of nerves that control muscle movement in the arms and legs.
  • Friedreich’s ataxia, although rare, is the most prevalent inherited ataxia, affecting about one in every 50,000 people in the United States. Males and females are affected equally.

*Retrieved From National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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April 18, 2018 – Jumpin’ for Jazz founder, Virgil Harris, will be honored for his service at the 2018 Jefferson Award banquet presented by Citizens Energy Group  and RTV6 News.

June 10, 2018 – The Jazz Kitchen, Indy’s greatest jazz club, will again be hosting a benefit concert for Jumpin’ for Jazz on June 10, 2018.  Click Here