The Cure SURF1 Foundation was founded in 2018 by a group of families determined to fight for our children’s lives. Each of us has a young child diagnosed with SURF1 Leigh syndrome. Each of us has been told by doctors that there is no treatment, no cure, and no hope. And each of us has refused to accept this as a final answer. In 2021, after successfully blazing the trail for SURF1 gene therapy at UTSW we decided to expand our efforts and changed the name of our foundation from the Cure SURF1 Foundation to the Cure MITO Foundation. Our primary focus is advancing research towards a cure for Leigh syndrome and eventually for mitochondrial disease as a whole. A successful outcome will mean not only hope for our own children, but also life-saving treatments for future generations impacted by this disease.