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2013 Mito Town Meeting

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Friday, January 04 2013 12:00pm EST

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Join us for the annual "Mito Town Meeting," Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at noon EASTERN time.

The annual town meeting is our way of kicking off the new year by sharing all that is planned for the year. We'll hear from volunteers and representatives from a variety of programs and organizations. This is the meeting to attend if you want to get involved or get informed!


Importance of Community: Philip Borden, MitoAction Board President

For MitoAction, community is the center of our mission. Community takes several forms: We are a community of patients, a community of families, a community of medical professionals and caregivers, and a community of volunteers. In 2012, MitoAction helped more families than ever before. “We had a terrific 2012,” Borden said, “but as we look forward, I’m even more excited.” During 2013 we will continue to build, expand, and broaden our scope with even more opportunities to make a difference and educate people about Mito. For more information, email us at

Camp Korey Summer Camp: Cora Weed, MSW, Camp Director

This summer, Camp Korey in Seattle WA will offer three sessions for campers with mitochondrial disease. Camp Korey gives children ages 7-15 with serious medical conditions a summer camp experience. The Mito sessions will be held July 15-19, July 29- Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-9. Applications are available online and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to for the application and more information. We are so excited to continue our partnership for the fourth year with Camp Korey. If you have questions, please email Cora at

Awareness Events, Susan Stover, MitoAction Events Director

You should be a part of MitoAction’s awareness event lineup for 2013! We will kick it off with the “Wear That You Care” campaign on Feb. 28. Thanks to our friends at the Global Genes Project, we will unite to wear jeans and show support for Rare Disease Day!

On May 4, join us at the annual Sandra K. Russell Derby Day Benefit for Mito at Fenway Park.

Don’t miss our largest community gathering, the annual Boston Energy Walk & 5K Run on Sept. 8, 2013.

In 2012, a few families hosted their own awareness event, and we want to help you create such an event in your community! For more information on all these events, email Susan at

EPI-743 Clinical Trial: Dr. Guy Miller, Edison Pharma

“EPI-743 is obviously a highlight for us,” said Dr. Miller. “Clinical trials of EPI-743 so far have been incredibly successful.” Patients with Leigh Syndrome are urgently needed to participate in the Phase 2B phase of this trial. For more information, visit, email or call the EPI-743 hotline at 1-800-243-0254.

New Memories Group: Maggie Orr, Medical Advisory Committee

As a group of parents who have lost a child to Mito, we saw the need for a specific support group for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one from mitochondrial disease. “It’s helpful to have a place to share and to feel that you are not alone,” says Maggie. Our webpage,, offers a list of resources, a link to share your photos and memories, a link to our forum, and more. Please contact us at

Marcel’s Way Family Fund: Mary Summers, Family Ties Director

The Marcel’s Way Family Fund committee invites you to apply for support or make a donation in order to give a gift to those in need. The Marcel’s Way Family Fund offers one- time grants of up to $500 for expenses related to mitochondrial disease. To donate, apply or learn more, please visit

Mito 411 Support Hotline: Mary Beth Hollinger, Volunteer

1-888-MITO-411 is a support group for patients and families provided by families. Anyone is welcome to call the hotline and speak with a volunteer who is either an adult patient or parent of an affected child. In addition, we are seeking volunteers to help provide vital one-on-one support. Mito 411 allows a person to talk to someone who understands what they are going through. It’s not about medical advice; it’s about helping, supporting, and offering a shoulder to lean on. For more information or for support, call us (1-888-MITO-411) or email

ThriveRx iThrive: Melissa Pariseau, RN

ThriveRx offers a monthly online educational series of webinars on topics surrounding GI motility especially designed to help patients who rely on tube feedings or TPN. Topics vary and webinars are free. For more information, please find Thrive RX on Facebook or visit

UMDF Conference: Cliff Gorski

This year’s UMDF Mitochondrial Medicine conference will be held in Newport Beach, CA from June 12-15. The four-day scientific and clinical program runs from June 12-15; the two-day family conference is June 14-15. Registration opens soon. For more information, email or click here.

Mito Socials & Mito Marketplace: Ginger DeShaney, Support Coordinator

Mito Socials bring families together in the same community for support, friendship, and camaraderie. We are always looking for volunteer hosts. It’s easy and super fun. For more information, check out We’ve also started the new Mito Marketplace to showcase people who make Mito awareness items ( marketplace). If you’re interested in hosting a Social or are a crafter interested in the Marketplace, please email Ginger at

Stay in Bed Day: Vicky Spadoni, MitoCanada

In cooperation with the AMDF (Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation), MitoCanada held its first “Stay in Bed Day” on Sunday, Jan. 27. People signed up at bed-day-2013. Participants collected pledges to stay in bed, hold a pajama party, hold a brunch, do a bed relay! For more information, email Vicky at

CureMito Half Marathon: Claudia Boles,

The Pasadena Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will be held Feb. 17 at the Rose Bowl in California. Join supporter and actress Chandra Wilson, whose daughter has cyclic vomiting syndrome. Last year’s run raised $50,000 for research! Get involved, start a team, join a team, run or walk on your own, or donate to someone who is participating. For registration/donation, click: more information, check out or email And check out this video:



2013 MitoAction Town Meeting AGENDA   12:00 PM-1:30 PM EASTERN TIME

12:00-12:05 Welcome                                  Cristy Balcells, Director

12:05-12:10 Importance of Community           Phillip Borden, President

12:10-12:15 Camp Korey Mito Weeks           Cora Weed, Camp Korey

12:15-12:25 Events (Derby Day, Walks, Awareness Events, Genes for Jeans)

                                                                 Susan Stover, Events Director

12:25-12:30 EPI-743 Clinical Trial                 Dr. Guy Miller, Edison Pharma

12:30-12:35 Memories Group                       Maggie Orr, Medical Advisory Board

12:35-12:40 Marcel’s Way                           Mary Summers, Federation for CSN

12:40-12:45 Mito 411                                   MaryBeth Hollinger, Volunteer

12:45-12:50 Thrive RX iThrive webinars           Melissa Pariseau RN, Thrive RX

12:50-12:55 Mito Socials; Mito Marketplace

                                                                   Ginger DeShaney, Support Coordinator

12:55-1:00 UMDF Conference 2013                Cliff Gorski, UMDF

1:00-1:05 Stay in Bed Day                            Vicky Spadoni, MitoCanada

1:05-1:10 CureMito Marathon                        Claudia Boles,

1:10-1:15 Volunteer opportunities                  Cristy Balcells, Director

1:15-1:30 Additional announcements and questions – all are welcome.

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