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Rare Disease Awareness Week: Mitochondrial Disease

September 9, 2014

MitoAction, founded in 2005, is a Boston-based 501(c)(3) charity that provides advocacy, support, and educational resources free to all patients and caregivers affect by Mitochondrial Disease. Every year during the third week of September, patients, families, and friends worldwide celebrate Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week, September 14 – 20, 2014.

Mitochondrial Disease is an inherited chronic illness that causes debilitating physical, developmental, and mental disabilities. The disorder occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fail to produce enough energy for cell or organ function. Mitochondria are responsible for creating 90% of the energy needed by the body to support growth. When the mitochondria of the cell start to fail, less and less energy is generated. Symptoms are different from individual to individual, but common symptoms include poor growth, muscle weakness and pain, seizures, failure of the liver, heart, or kidney.

Approximately 1 in 2,000 people in the U.S. has Mitochondrial Disease. There are no cures but treatment can help reduce symptoms.

MitoAction’s mission includes:

•    Improving quality of life for children and adults affected by the disease

•   Raising awareness about mitochondrial disorders and their relationship to other diseases

•   Providing specific and practical materials that help patients manage their symptoms

•   Connecting the international mitochondrial disease community

•   Creating tools that empower patients and caregivers to be advocates for themselves or their children.

Please Note: “Mitochondrial Disease Logo” courtesy of MitoAction.

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