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Published on Aug 10, 2009
Everyday we learn of somebody new who becomes ill or suffers from a disease.
One of these is Mitochondrial disease.
Mitochondrial disease is a genetic disorder that robs the body of energy.
Mitochondria are often called the "cell's powerhouses." They are specialised organelles found in every cell, except red blood cells, and are responsible for producing 90% of the energy needed by our body to sustain life. For most patients, there is a genetic mutation in either the mitochondrial DNA or the nuclear DNA.
The disease can affect both children and adults with adult onset becoming more commonly diagnosed. Mitochondrial disease was initially thought to be a rare disorder, however, recent research has demonstrated that mitochondrial disease may affect one in 200 Australians.
Recently work began with the creation of the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF). The aim of the AMDF is to help promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders, and to provide support to affected individuals and families.
On the Sunday 30th August 2009 many people will be Staying in Bed to help Raise awareness and support for those people who suffer from this disease!!
For more information please follow the link below, have a click around and get involved. We are asking for one day in Bed, not a life time.