Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support organ function. 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 organ systems begin to fail.
Although mitochondrial disease primarily affects children, adult onset is becoming more common.
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation was founded in 1996 through a merger of several smaller foundations established by those who lost loved ones to the disease. Starting as a volunteer organization based in the basement of a home, the UMDF has grown into a nationally recognized organization.
You can show your support at their Energy for Life Walkathon. Click here for more information.