Back in person at Boston’s Royale Nightclub, MitoAction is thrilled to invite you to join the 13th annual Sandra K. Russell Derby Day Benefit for Mito!
The past two years have been extremely difficult for all of us and we look forward to gathering together to celebrate our incredible mito warriors and YOU, the community that has ensured the families we serve know they are never alone. We look forward to enjoying Kentucky Derby inspired cocktails, the most exciting 2 minutes in sports, big hats, flashy bow ties, unique auction items and more, as we come together to support the mitochondrial disease community.
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! This year, in 2022, we will send our first group of families on a once-in-a-lifetime wish trip through our partnership with Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, FL.
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.