The 12th annual Cure for Mito Auction and Dinner will once again be held at
the beautiful Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington on Saturday,
September 13, 2014. Please click here for more information about the auction and hotel
On Saturday, June 21st the third Cure for Mito Golf Tournament took place at
Willows Run in Redmond, WA. Thanks to all of the participants, sponsors and donors, we raised almost $16,000!
Thanks to everyone who made this event such a success!
Mitochondrial Conundrum: Novel Presentations and Treatments
of Mitochondrial Diseases
The Second Biennial Mitochondrial Biology Conference will be taking place in Seattle on September 12th and 13th.
The conference being hosted by Seattle Children's Research Institute in collaboration with our guild will bring
together renowned leaders in the field of mitochondrial disease research and patient care. Discussion will focus on
the newly recognized atypical presentations of mitochondrial diseases, with an emphasis on new therapies that are
giving new cause for hope.
Join us and add your voice as we discuss the wide variation in presentation of mitochondrial diseases and novel
therapies being tested. Families and patients are welcome. Join the conversation on Twitter at #mitoconference.
To register to attend the conference
please click here.
Join us for the annual 'mito'
family picnic at Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville on Saturday, July 26th.
We are pleased to announce we are accepting family grant applications with an application deadline of
May 15, 2014. The Family Support Grant Program provides supplemental support to families
living with mitochondrial disease whose children are treated at Seattle Children's Hospital.
Click here for more information.
The 12th Annual 'Cure for Mito' auction will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
Click here for our online auction item donation form.
Applications are now being accepted to register your child in a summer camp program at Camp Korey.
There are three sessions available for Mito children between June 30th and July 25th. For more
information please go to the Camp Korey Summer Camp website.
Don't miss this opportunity to give your child this amazing experience.
Raise awareness and support the guild by purchasing items from the 'Cure for Mito' Store. We currently have
sweatshirts, hoodies and T-Shirts.
To read a "A tribute to Dr. Saneto" By Teri Rose click here (pdf)
The guild is very excited that Seattle Children's Hospital has now
officially established a Program for Mitochondrial Medicine and Metabolism.
This program provides care for children with mitochondrial diseases and
metabolic disorders that affect mitochondria. Care for children with
mitochondrial problems requires teamwork by many kinds of healthcare
providers. The team of professionals available to help children with mito
includes experts in
neurology (with specialty in epilepsy),
biochemical genetics (with specialty in inborn errors of metabolism),
vision and eye movements,
Seattle Children's program combines expert clinical care based at Seattle
Children's with cutting-edge research taking place at Seattle Children's
Research Institute. Our clinicians and researchers work together closely.
This is one reason we can offer state-of-the-art care and diagnosis and the
latest treatments. These include new therapies being tested in clinical
For more information please go to
Do you want to make a donation to the guild
through your annual giving campaign at work? Or, make donations directly to the
guild or donate items for the annual auction? Please visit the
What is Mitochondrial disease?
Imagine a plant that is unable to make use of the
sun and water surrounding it. Over time the plant will not
function properly and will show signs of distress, its leaves will
begin to wilt and eventually it could die. That is what happens to
people with mitochondrial disease.
Everyday, we consume food to make the energy our body needs to
function. If our mitochondria are not functioning correctly then
the body's organs begin to suffer.
A person's brain can be impaired, their vision could become
dim, their muscles can twitch spastically or they can become too
weak to walk or write, their heart could be weakened, and they
might not be able to eat and digest their food.
numbers of people, especially children, this is precisely the
situation in which they find themselves due to defects in the
Depending on which cells are affected, a child can
suffer from strokes, seizures, gastro-intestinal trouble,
blindness, deafness, muscle failure, diabetes, kidney and heart
trouble, developmental delays, immune system problems and liver
Whole systems within a body can begin to fail and the life of
the child is compromised, changed or ended.
Experts estimate that one in 2,000 babies may inherit some kind
of mitochondrial illness and some experts are saying that the
number could be as high as 1 in 1,000. 10% to 50% of these
children will die before their teenage years.
Currently there is no cure.
Defects in mitochondrial function have now been linked to many
of the most common diseases of aging including Alzheimers, and
For additional information on how you can help please contact Jill Herczog at
Steve Serex at