What is Mitochondrial Disease?

Mitochondrial disease (mito) is a debilitating genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure and potentially death. The harsh facts:

  • Mito affects 1 in 4300 people, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed genetic diseases
  • One in 200 people, or more than 130,000 Australians, may carry genetic changes that put them at risk of developing mito or mito-related symptoms such as seizures, strokes, severe developmental delays and dementia, in their lifetimes
  • There are many forms of mito; it is highly complex and can affect anyone at any age
  • Mito is often terminal: there are no cures and few effective treatments
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This is why The Bloody Long Walk is so important. Not only does the event raise awareness of this disease, it also raises vital funds to enable much-needed support to patients and their families and essential research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders.

The money you raise through The Bloody Long Walk will help people like Noah and Alana, and will enable the Mito Foundation to continue its vital work – thank you.

The Bloody Long Walk is owned and operated by the Mito Foundation.

Visit mito.org.au for more information about mito.