Mitochondria exist in almost every cell and produce 90% of the energy we need to function. With this group of diseases, the mitochondria fail and cannot convert food and oxygen into energy. The parts of the body needing the most energy are the heart, brain, muscles and lungs. They are the most affected by the disease. The age of onset and progression of symptoms varies greatly from type to type.
My brother has had numerous eye surgeries, some speech and swallowing difficulties, muscle fatigue, and has a pacemaker. He is one of those more fortunate because he is able to live a relatively normal life and has a beautiful wife and healthy son. Others are not as lucky.
I will work for your donations.
This summer, June 15, I will be walking from Chicago, IL to Harrisburg, PA. I will not only be tested to my physical limits, but I have decided to combine this goal with the goal of raising money for my brother and awareness for a charity. I have chosen one which may not be familiar to a lot of you, but all too familiar to our family. It is the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation- UMDF.
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