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The Foundation is named for David Campbell, a red-headed, blue eyed little boy. who, at three and a half years old, died from a mitochondrial disease called Leigh's Syndrome.

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Facts about Mitochondrial Disease

The Facts about Mitochondrial Disease.

  • Mitochondrial disease is incurable.
  • One in every 2,000 babies born will develop a mitochondrial disease in their lifetime. Half will develop the disease before their 5th birthday.
  • Mitochondrial disease is nearly as common as childhood cancer.
  • Recent research results indicate that mitochondrial dysfunction is a large factor in degenerative disorders of aging like diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
  • There is little federal or state funding to support mitochondrial disease.
  • New testing methods developed during the past ten years have advanced the diagnosis of some mitochondrial diseases.
  • Many mitochondrial disease patients go undiagnosed and, as a result, these patients and their families suffer.
  • It is precisely this combination of “newness” and diagnostic difficulty that works against recognition of mitochondrial disease and the finding of an effective cure.
  • The consequences of this genetic disorder can be devastating to those afflicted and their families.

Mitochondrial Metobolic Disease Center (MMDC), University of California, San Diego School of Medicine