By Alex Bennett
Oak Ridge High School and the surrounding community will support the Help Mito Kids Foundation, a non-profit which aids families dealing with mitochondrial disease as well as researches for a possible cure, at the Walk for Mito Kids — a 5k run/walk on Saturday, April 2, in El Dorado Hills Town Center.
Oak Ridge Spanish teacher Carol Pomares’ three of her grandchildren have mitochondrial disease. This rare condition affects the mitochondria of cells, disabling the body’s ability to produce energy. Unfortunately for Avery, Taylor and Morgan mitochondrial disease is life-threatening. Their lives can be prolonged by expensive treatments only available on the East Coast. This places a heavy financial burden on all families who have “Mito Kids.”
Inspired by the stories of Señora Pomares’ grandchildren, the Walk for Mito Kids was created last year to benefit the Help Mito Kids Foundation. This non-profit organization donates money both to supporting the families and research for a cure for mitochondrial disease. Sponsored by Oak Ridge High School and the National Honor Society, last year’s walk raised awareness and funds. This year we hope to build on last year’s success and make a substantial donation to Help Mito Kids.
This year’s Walk For Mito Kids will be held in El Dorado Hills Town Center at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 2. The walk features both a 5K run and a 5K walk.
Several local businesses and individuals have agreed to donate their funds to become sponsors for the walk, including Mercedes Benz of El Dorado Hills, Goldbug Gold Recyclers and the Oak Ridge Drama Department. The walk will also offer a prize giveaway, featuring the donations from various businesses. Registration costs $20 and includes a Mito Kids T-shirt. All proceeds from sponsors and registration will go to the Help Mito Kids Foundation.
At Oak Ridge High School we believe in “doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.” We see the Walk for Mito Kids as an opportunity to involve our community in a meaningful cause. We hope to see the grandchildren of Señora Pomares experience the lives they deserve. We want to help Mito Kids.
For more information about the Walk for Mito Kids or to register visit helpmitokids.org.