In Memory of Kirra
Kirra Baythavong, the vibrant daughter of Kato Baythavong, lost her life eight years ago at age 2 ½ to Leigh’s Disease, a form ofmitochondrial disease. Kirra was the apple of her father’s eye. She had a contagious laugh and generous spirit that warmed the hearts of everyone who met her. Profoundly impacted by Kirra’s early and tragic death, Kato is extremely passionate to honor Kirra’s memory and raise awareness for mitochondrial disease. Sharing her story and helping others understand mitochondrial disease will leaves a legacy for Kirra and helps so that treatments and cures can be found.
Mitochondrial diseases are complicated. They affect 1 in 2500 people, are more common in children than cancer, yet so much remains unknown and treatments scarce.
Mitochondrial Disease inhibits the body’s ability to adequately produce energy. This energy production problem can have significant effects on major systems like heart, muscle and brain. Research shows links between mitochondrial disease and a variety of diseases, including Autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), muscular dystrophies and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine and Hope Flies Mile Climb for Mito in Memory of Kirra support patient programs, including awareness, patient and clinician education and treatment-oriented research. Please join us at Hope Flies Mile Climb and help unlock the mysteries of mitochondrial disease.
Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine
1266 West Paces Ferry Road, Suite 301
Atlanta, Georgia 30327