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The Energy for Life walk promotes awareness, funding and research for those suffering from mitochondrial diseases. Mitochondria exist in nearly every cell of the human body, producing 90 percent of the energy the body needs to function. In a person with mitochondrial disease, the mitochondria are failing and cannot adequately convert food and oxygen into life sustaining energy.
Every 30 minutes, a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease by age 10. Adults can also be diagnosed with adult‐onset mitochondrial disease; many have carried the genetic mutation but did not show any symptoms until triggered by traumatic illness. The parts of the body that need the most energy, are the most affected by mitochondrial disease. A "red flag" for mitochondrial disease is when a child or adult has more than 3 organ systems with problems or when a "typical" disease exhibits atypical qualities.
Currently, there are no treatments for children and adults with mitochondrial disease. More research dollars are needed to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for mitochondrial diseases.
Please join the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation’s ENERGY FOR LIFE WALK, on September 29th at Greenfield Park (picnic area 3A) the walk begins at 12pm. We encourage everyone to walk whether an individual or a team of family and friends.
Due to the health conditions and the muscle tissue breakdown we have organized 2 walk’s. We are in work with having a color guard kick-off our walk. The walk is wheelchair and stroller accessible for all. The first walk is a half mile down to the pond. If you have more energy you can continue on around the pond which will have some great photo shot opportunities and the pond teaming with ducks. We encourage everyone to walk whether an individual or a team of family and friends. Bring a picnic and enjoy some entertainment, music, games, playgrounds and overall fellowship and awareness.
We encourage everyone to walk whether an individual or a team of family and friends. The walk is wheelchair and stroller accessible for all. Bring a picnic and enjoy some entertainment, music, games, playgrounds and overall fellowship and awareness. For more information, please see our website at www.energyforlifewalk.org/milwaukee
- Karen Loftus
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