“Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised.”
The Energy for Life Walks promote awareness about the disease and can be enjoyed by everyone. The family friendly event is held throughout the United States and are usually one to three miles. The ‘pledge based’ fundraising strategy raises awareness, funds research and contributes to the assistance of affected family and individuals. United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) spends .94 cents of every dollar to these events (locally and nationally).
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