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After Jessica Gemayel lost her battle with mitochondrial disease a few months ago, her friends gathered to figure out what they could do in her memory.
Courtney Brown, Jessica’s best friend since middle school, and the rest of their gang decided to form Team Jess for the MitoAction Energy Walk & 5K presented by Stealth BioTherapeutics on Sunday, Sept. 18.
The seventh-graders at Long Branch (NJ) Middle School know about mitochondrial disease thanks to a creative teacher.
One challenge when creating clinical trials for people with mitochondrial disease is the tremendous diversity that exists in our community. Even patients with the same genetic diagnosis may have different symptoms and varying degrees of severity.
Lincoln Ogonowski’s mitochondrial disease limits his mobility, so big brother Luke Krumich will often play with Lincoln’s toys for him. “I know what he likes and what he thinks is funny,” Luke said.
Lincoln is 3 years old and has Leigh’s syndrome, a devastating form of mitochondrial disease. Luke, 12, is his protective, loving, awesome older brother. The sons of Dyna and Rob Danger of Freehold, NJ, are as close as brothers can be.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 20 for the next installment of the MitoAction Advocacy Podcast Series.
As patients or caregivers, it is frightening to think about what would happen if we could not advocate for ourselves. Fortunately, there are legal documents that can be used to communicate our wishes under such circumstances. This type of legal preparation is called incapacity planning and guardianship.
Double H Ranch is a camp for children who are dealing with serious illnesses. Thanks to the camp’s amazing medical staff, Double H gives children who cannot attend conventional sleep-away camps due to medical issues a chance to go away, have fun, and be just like any other child. Just ask Susan and Mike Nadrich and their daughters, Madeline and Tyler.
“It’s one of the most amazing places. It’s magical,” said the East Amherst, NY mom.
Elite athletes know how to get the most bang out of their mitochondria, often training at high elevations to force their bodies to work more efficiently in “thinner air.” Endurance increases, recovery time decreases, and mitochondrial capacities change, allowing the athletes to work harder and perform better.