Healthy Kids: Mitochrondial Disease

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – September 20-26 is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week.

To fight against mitochondrial disease you can participate in the 4th annual Butterflies of Hope Golf Tournament taking place Sunday, October 4 at 7 a.m. at the Pelican Preserve Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers. Tickets cost $80 including lunch.

There will also be an Energy for life Walkathon Saturday, November 14.

Facts about mitochondrial disease:

  • Every 30 minutes, a child is born with mitochondrial disease.
  • Almost as common as childhood cancer.
  • Mitochondria are in almost all cells in the body except blood cells.
  • Mitochondria produce 90 percent of the energy the body needs.
  • Mitochondria failure = cell death = organ failure.

Diseases with defects in Mitochondrial function:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • ALS
  • Some cancers

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