Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week

Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week
Posted on 09/09/2019
Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week

The Township of Montclair will shine green lights at the Municipal Building and the memorial in Edgemont Park Sunday, September 15 through Saturday, September 21, in recognition of Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week.

Mito Action – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with mitochondrial diseases – asks communities to join together to raise awareness for mitochondrial disease across the globe, to remember those who have lost the battle with the disease by lighting a green light in their memory. 

Mitochondrial disease is an inherited chronic illness that can be present at birth or develop later in life. It causes debilitating physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities with symptoms including poor growth; loss of muscle coordination; muscle weakness and pain; seizures; vision and/or hearing loss; gastrointestinal issues; learning disabilities; and organ failure.  It is estimated that 1 in 4,000 people has Mito. It’s progressive and there is no cure.

*Source: www.mitoaction.org