About Mitochondrial Disease
Mitochondrial disease is an energy production problem. Almost all cells in the body have mitochondria, which are "tiny power plants" that produce a body's essential energy. Mitochondrial disease means that the power plants in cells don't function properly. When that happens, some functions in the body don't work normally. It's as if the body has a power failure: there is a gradation of effects, like a "brown out" or a "black out." At least, 1 in 2,500 people are affected, with many under-diagnosed. Mitochondrial dysfunction is often a central element in more common diseases, like Alzheimer's, Autism, Parkinson's, Lou Gherig's, chronic fatigue, diabetes and more.
The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine is dedicated to supporting the most promising treatments for the many forms of mitochondrial disease. People with mitochondrial disease struggle daily. So do the many people affected by the cousins of mitochondrial disease—Autism, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Chronic Fatigue, diabetes, epilepsy and more.
We appreciate our donors, volunteers, and social media friends – all of you help us on the mission to fund research and treatments for pediatric and adult patients.
Hope can fly. Hope can heal. Thank you.