Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

Memorial/Tribute Pages

Acknowledge a loved one with a tribute donation and help hope fly

Mitochondrial disease is an energy production problem that primarily affects the muscular and neurological systems. Mitochondria are the “power plants” that produce the body’s essential energy and when they don’t function properly, the body can have a “power failure.” There is a gradation of effects – ranging  from “brown out” to fatal “black out” – and no two people have the exact same symptoms.

Mitochondrial disease can also look like any number of better known diseases, including: Autism, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy and chronic fatigue, among others. The unifying thread of mitochondria gives hope for collective answers and treatments for millions of people.


Our sincerest thanks to those who donate to honor their loved one

Tribute donations support our partnering programs and initiatives

Gifts can be made online, or mailed: Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine, 1266 West Paces Ferry Road, Suite 301, Atlanta, Georgia 30327, attn: fund name on memo.

Kirra Baythavong Memorial Fund
In Memory of Kirra

Kirra's beautiful smile

Kirra Baythavong, the vibrant daughter of Kato Baythavong, lost her life eight years ago at age 2 ½ to Leigh’s Disease, a form ofmitochondrial disease.  Kirra was the apple of her father’s eye.  She had a contagious laugh and generous spirit that warmed the hearts of everyone who met her.   Profoundly impacted by Kirra’s early and tragic death, Kato is extremely passionate to honor Kirra’s memory and raise awareness for mitochondrial disease.  Sharing her story and helping others understand mitochondrial disease will leaves a legacy for Kirra and helps so that treatments and cures can be found.


Jason Thomas Honor Fund

Jason and his father, Tommy

Jason and his father, Tommy

To Celebrate Jason

Jason Thomas, a husband and father of three who was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in 2011, first noticed an increase in daily fatigue as well as muscle issues in the extremities and legs. After a series of surgeries and medical tests, at age 37  Jason was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. Because of his mitochondrial disorder, Jason’s body does not recover from exertion as it should and can be more easily damaged by not getting rest required. Daily tasks such as talking are off limits for Jason due to the immense amount of energy Jason must put into having a simple conversation. Other symptoms of mitochondrial disease for Jason include muscle weakness and body aches. Jason must plan his day carefully to save energy and attend to the needs of his family. Our hope flies for Jason, his family and community.

Desmond Gray Memorial Fund

In memory of Desmond

Desmond Gray, our dear ambassador, friend and inspiration, lost his battle with mitochondrial disease at the age of 22. Desmond passed away on March 12, 2016 in his hometown of Anderson, SC. He was an advocate for raising awareness and for eliminating misunderstandings. Not long before he died, Desmond asked his mother to promise to tell his story. Collectively, we will continue to make his hope fly sharing his story and raising awareness for mitochondrial disease.

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