Ringing the Bell at the New York Stock Exchange for Fragile X Awareness

ringing the bell at the NYSE
The New York Stock Exchange welcomes FRAXA Research Foundation and National Fragile X Foundation to bring awareness to Fragile X Syndrome. Allison Barbera, joined by VP of NYSE Listings & NYSE Services Chris Taylor, rings the NYSE Opening Bell®.

FRAXA Research Foundation was honored to be part of the opening bell ringing ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on July 5, 2018. We were there to raise awareness for Fragile X along side the National Fragile X Foundation. FRAXA President Katie Clapp and Director of Community Relations Dave Bjork attended with over 30 Fragile X family members and friends, including 4 self-advocates. This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of Fragile X on a big stage at an iconic place. The event was also carried live on television on CNBC, giving FRAXA and Fragile X broad reach around the world.

We are grateful to Lou Barbera, a trader at the NYSE, for inviting us to be a part of this incredible day. Lou is a parent of a son with Fragile X, and he coordinated the entire day and served as our host. Lou’s daughter Allison rang the bell in honor of her brother!

Thanks also to Erin Byrne and Chris Taylor from the NYSE for graciously making us all feel welcome. They helped get FRAXA and NFXF logos and photos of Fragile X children displayed on monitors all around the floor of the NYSE. And Chris joined seven friends of FRAXA on the podium above the floor where the actual bell is rung.

Lou Barbera and daughter, Allison
Katie Clapp, FRAXA president, and Allison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation
Matthew Schiftic, Nicholas Dawes and Matt Woods

Following the opening bell, Katie Clapp and NFXF New York City chapter former parent leader Anita Abraham-Inz were interviewed live on Cheddar, a financial news network that live streams from the NYSE floor, about Fragile X and research for effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.