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Sandra K. Russell Derby Day Benefit for Mito

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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.  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.


Important Update – The 11th annual SKR Derby Day Benefit for Mito!
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MitoAction Board has made the decision to cancel the 11th annual Sandra K. Russell Derby Day Benefit for Mito scheduled for May 2nd.  Our primary concern is always for the safety and well-being of the MitoAction community.

The Sandra K. Russell Derby Day Benefit for Mito is a crucial source of funds for MitoAction. Although the event will not take place as planned, the critical needs of our families continue. For me and our team at MitoAction, it is business as usual. We continue to work tirelessly to meet the needs of our mito community every day. Families are struggling and they need us.
COVID-19 is giving the world a glimpse into the everyday lives of our mito patients. Our families live in fear of being exposed to illness, fear of isolation, fear of loss of access to needed medical supplies, and even fear of dying. COVID-19 is extremely dangerous for a person with mito, so now more than ever, we are asking for your support. Can you help ?
Please take a few minutes to watch the short video above where our MitoAction Board members share the importance of your support, and announce that we have already received a generous matching fund –
Your support is critical to helping mito families. So please join us and donate now – no matter how large or small your gift, our mito community is forever grateful.
We are inspired by your generosity and will continue to actively carry out our mission thanks to YOU!