Mitochondrial Disease – Spreading Awareness
WHAT IS MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE?
Mitochondrial diseases are not a single disorder, but represent a widely variable group of metabolic diseases. These diseases commonly result from failure of the mitochondria, which are specialized organelles present in almost every cell of the body. Mitochondria are responsible for providing more than 90% of the energy that is needed by the body to sustain life and support growth.
Food is converted within mitochondria into stored energy (ATP) by means of large enzyme complexes that make up the respiratory chain (or electron transport chain). The process by which this is accomplished requires oxygen and is called oxidative phosphorylation. Genetic defects in either the mitochondrial DNA or the DNA located in the cell nucleus can impair this process and cause mitochondrial failure. When mitochondria fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Eventually, cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated on a large scale throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail. The life of the affected person is compromised, changed, or even ended.
How can I help?
For 2018 we will be participating in the Energy for Life Walk. If you feel inclined to make a donation, our team is called Aiden’s Red Wagon Movement. Click here to join team or donate! Thank you.
Our goal is to have an army of people walking to honor and celebrate Aiden’s short life. His legacy will live on.