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Patrick Cogan will not allow disease to stop his athletic pursuits

The list of obstacles confronting Patrick Cogan and his pursuit of triathlon racing is as intimidating as it is long. There are the physical limitations of a young man who has Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), an incurable life-shortening neuromuscular disease that has robbed him the use of his legs and much of his coordination.

He also needs expensive equipment, from a recumbent tricycle to a racing wheelchair. And he requires almost constant supervision, whether training or racing, since his body can shut down without warning.

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