2020 Mississauga Virtual WalknRoll 4 MITO
Our 5th annual WalknRoll 4 Mito event has gone virtual!
On September 12th, which kicks off Mitochondrial Awareness Week, I will be walking one (1.5km) lap around Lake Aquitaine Park in Mississauga or an equivalent loop in Oshawa, every 2nd day for every $1000 raised. All proceeds from this event will go to the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation to support Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky's research at the Neuromuscular & Neurometabolic Clinic. My goal is 10 laps!
My name is Louise, and I have been diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disease (mito) along with my sister Rita who passed away in 2018. I will be walking in honour of her.
My sister Rita was diagnosed with mito at the age of 33. At the age of 5, she was misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy. Rita suffered a metabolic stroke at the age of 42 which caused many health issues. Ultimately, she passed away of influenza A. However, mito and a compromised immune system meant her body could no longer fight.
There have only been 2 other people in the world other than Rita and myself, diagnosed with this particular type of mitochondrial myopathy (TRMT5 defiency). As the only survivor, I plan on beating the odds!
“Mitochondria are tiny structures inside almost every cell in the body. Their main job, is to use food and oxygen to make energy. When the mitochondria fail, less and less energy is converted within the cell. Depending on where the affected cells are, parts of the body may not work properly and many health problems can result. There is currently no cure for mitochondrial disease.” (mitocanada.org)
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For more information on mitochondrial disease and the MitoCanada Foundation, please visit MITOCANADA.
All proceeds from this event will go towards research toward Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation to support Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky's reseach at the Neuromuscular & Neurometabolic Clinic. There is no cure for this disease. Please help us reach our fundraising goal in hopes of providing a better quality of life for the individuals affected.
Thank you in advance for your support,