Our daughter, Rina, lost her battle with Mito on December 29, 2010, two weeks after her 15th birthday. Rina was passionate about raising disease awareness and making a difference in this world.
She left this world with this message: “Love Life, Dream Big, Be Positive.”
Before she passed away, Rina wrote a fictional film, “The Magic Bracelet.” As Rina dreamed, it was produced and premiered in Hollywood in May of 2013.”The Magic Bracelet” fulfills Rina’s final wish. Some of her final words to her mom were, “Promise to take care of my film.” Make A Film Foundation is proud to have been able to be a part of making this extraordinary dream come true. “The Magic Bracelet” stars Bailee Madison (The Good Witch, Parental Guidance), Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect ), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight Franchise), J.K. Simmons (Oscar-Whiplash), Kaitlin Doubleday (Nashville) and James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek). The film was adapted by Academy Award winner (Juno) Diablo Cody and directed by Jon Poll (The Greatest Showman). Rina’s hope was that her film would continue to spread awareness about Mitochondrial Disease. The film has been shown at over 50 screenings globally, and has won more than 10 awards. It is now shown as part of the yearly curriculum of a school in OH when teaching about Mitochondria in Biology.
While each step of Rina’s film is so very bittersweet because she is not here to see it, we know she will always be in the director’s chair.
We thank MitoAction for giving us a space to be able to honor our remarkable children together. We miss Rina every moment more than words can say.
Stacy and Ari Goldberg