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December 2017

by GingerD
Angela Runs 4 JBI Run 4 buddy match turns into family

It started as a runner-buddy partnership through I Run 4 and grew into family.There was an instant connection. “We talk once a week through Facebook,” said Brooke Smith. “She’s like a part of our family.”Angela Messer runs for JB (short for Jeremiah Blake) Smith, a boy who has mitochondrial disease.

Dec 31, 2017 Comments: 0
by GingerD
‘She’s a gift to everyone who knows her’Ellie Kovalcik celebrates Sweet 16

Sweet 16. The Kovalcik family didn’t think they’d see this day. “Sixteen is a big deal, especially when we were told we’d lose [Ellie] between 7 and 8 years old,” said mom Kris. 

Dec 26, 2017 Comments: 0
by GingerD
Matthew Harty’s memory inspires donations

“There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world.”Matthew Harty lost his battle with mitochondrial disease shortly after his 8th birthday in 2013, but he is still leaving an imprint today.“Matthew continues to make a difference,” said Angela Harty, Matthew’s grandma. “People still think about him. I feel like he’s not forgotten.”

Dec 15, 2017 Comments: 0
by GingerD
Matthew Harty Scholarship update: Erica Blanchette

Erica Blanchette was honored to be the first Matthew Harty Scholarship recipient. “I hope it inspires others with Mito,” she said at the time of the award in 2015. “This proves you can go to college and do other things that people never thought you could do."The daughter of Loree and Ralph Blanchette of Peabody, MA, has one year left on her early childhood degree from North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA.

Dec 15, 2017 Comments: 0
by GingerD
Dec 15, 2017 Comments: 0