Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Help Mito Kids, a 501c3 non profit founded by El Dorado Hills Rotarian Carol Pomares held their 9th annual 5k Run Walk to raise awareness for children suffering from mitochondrial disease. 
Another great turnout with lots of volunteer support from our club and the Oak Ridge Interact Club.
 
Mitochondrial disease occurs when the mitochondria fail to carry out their primary functions. When they fail, cells lose much of their ability to produce energy and sustain growth.  Without properly functioning cells, entire organs can be damaged or shut down completely. Children are primarily affected by the disease. Their lives can be severely compromised.  Common symptoms include: muscle weakness and pain, gastrointestinal disorders, poor growth, cardiac disease, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, seizures, visual/hearing problems, and susceptibility to infection. There is no cure for Mitochondrial disease.  Treatments given to curtail symptoms vary from patient to patient, and there can be many periods of trial and error.  Because so little is known about the disease, there are only a few hospitals in the world that offer treatment.  
As a result, affected families are sometimes forced to travel great distances to seek care. Help Mito Kids offers support to these families to help ease the financial strain placed on them and also supports research projects at Stanford University to better understand, treat and find a cure for mitochondrial disease. Learn more about Help Mito Kids at www.helpmitokids.org