9-year old author, Makenzie Lawrey has a dream…finding a cure for Mitochondrial disease. She even wrote a book to help raise $1 million for research.
You see, Makenzie’s brother, 6-year old Gavin, has Mitochondrial disease. He can’t play like normal 6-year olds. Hospitals visits and medications are the norm, not soccer practice and conquering the jungle gym at the park. Gavin even has a service dog to help detect his seizures.
This is not the life we imagine for a 6-year-old boy. It certainly isn’t the life little Makenzie wants for her little brother.
What exactly is mitochondrial disease? From the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation website:
Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When…
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