Our Goal is to raise $150,000
To Fund Vital Research
This is Dr Diana Stojanovski. She is the first Mito Foundation Research Fellow and a mito hero!
For the past six months, Diana has been working tirelessly to improve the understanding of mitochondrial biology and function. She is leading a team of experts to investigate how mitochondrial protein import dysfunction leads to mitochondrial disease.
Future development of treatments will stem from this important research. Treatments that could help those living with mito manage their symptoms.
Mito can affect anyone at any age and there are currently no treatments or cures. Read more here about Dr Stojanovski's important work.
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"Our perfect boy Tyler was diagnosed at 14 months with Leigh Syndrome, a form of mito. After rushing him to emergency a week before, he was airlifted to Townsville Hospital whilst his little body was shutting down in front of me. We then watched him spend days in a medically induced coma.
When the doctor gave his diagnosis, we had no idea what this meant for the future; we had never heard of mito. The doctor continued with the words ‘there is no treatment or cure’. We just broke."
"Tyler proved to be such a fighter and amazed us all, but his body shutting down had caused severe brain damage. He now had issues with his heart and thyroid, plus developmental delay, quadriplegic cerebral palsy, severe spasticity and dystonia, low vision, significant sleep issues and was fed through a nasogastric tube. The list went on, but so did our little boy.
We promised we would make his life as comfortable and enjoyable as possible."
"Despite not being able to do everyday things, Tyler did some extraordinary things. He could not talk but he opened and closed his mouth to ‘sing’ along to songs. He started forming an ‘000’ sound and shape with his mouth when he loved something. His smile brightened the darkest of days."