Mito robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure. It affects one child born in Australia each week. That’s 50 Aussie kids every year.
Mito is terminal; there are no cures and few effective treatments.
Mito patients are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis as their ability to fight infection is extremely limited. Many have had hospital appointments cancelled. Some clinics have either closed or are about to close, leaving people unsure where to go if their health takes a bad turn.
All of us have been inconvenienced by the current isolation - but imagine the fear and distress a person with mito must be feeling?
Help Australians living with mito in their time of need
We are raising money so we can respond to the urgent needs of people with mito in the COVID-19 crisis. Patients and their families are relying on our support, solidarity, information and expert advice more than ever. Your gift will help us expand our essential support services to help the mito community get through this hugely difficult time.
We need to provide:
- More frequent Mito Connect Calls - now weekly
- New resources and information on COVID-19, tailored to mito patients
- One-on-one support to develop emergency care plans.
- Digital support groups
- Increased Helpline capacity
Noah’s favourite thing is to make people laugh, with Star Wars coming a close second! But behind his gorgeous smile, Noah bravely fights mito. In his nine short years, he has undergone countless medical procedures. He has had multiple stroke-like episodes, which occur without warning, each one causing significant brain damage.
Despite being fed by a tube and having to rely on his wheelchair, Noah is determined to live life to the full. Ask him how he feels and he says “I choose to be happy.” Read more.
“He’s my world, all I want is to find a cure for my boy.” – Kat, Noah’s mum