The annual Sandra K. Russell Derby Day Benefit for Mito is held in honor of Sandra Russell, who lost her battle to mitochondrial disease in 2008. Sandra is the late wife of MitoAction Board member Gordon Russell and mother of Derby Day Committee members Buck, Rebecca, and Jonathan Russell.
It was a tradition in the Russell home to host fun-filled celebrations on Derby Day for family and friends. MitoAction is honored to continue this family tradition and to celebrate Sandra’s commitment to helping others, especially those impacted by mitochondrial disease.
To date, Derby Day has raised over $1.3 million towards improving the lives of patients and families suffering from mitochondrial disease. With these funds, MitoAction has provided 45 scholarships for college students with mitochondrial disease and sent over 400 kids with mitochondrial disease to summer camp! Through our new Dalia’s Wish program, we sent our first group of families on a once-in-a-lifetime wish trip to Give Kids the World Village and Disney World, thanks to the support of the community at SKR Derby Day.
Because of the generous support of our Derby Day sponsors, volunteers, and attendees, MitoAction continues to provide vital support to those who courageously face the day to day challenges of this devastating rare disease.
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