Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

Hope Flies Event Raises More than $210,000 for Mitochondrial Disease Research

Photos by Jen Pair Photography

Danielle and Jim Poppens, Laura Stanley, David and Laura Green

The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine held its fourth annual fundraiser, Hope Flies Catch the Cure, on September 20 at the Mason Murer Art Gallery.  Guests enjoyed the event, including dancing to retro ‘70s music from Yacht Rock Revue; a live auction with vacation packages and sports trips; a silent auction with art, shopping spree from Saks Fifth Avenue, Judith Ripka jewelry, sports memorabilia and travel; a raffle with a home lighting package from The Outdoor Lights; a special firefly lounge sponsored by Hublot luxury watches; delicious food from Endive catering and open bars provided by Georgia Crown distributors.

Event chairs were Danielle and Jim Poppens, and honorary party chairs were Laura and David Green. According to Laura Stanley, executive director of the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine, the event raised approximately $210,000 and welcomed many new supporters among the 500 ticket purchasers to the event. All proceeds benefit the foundation and its mission to fund research for mitochondrial disease treatments.

Photos by Jen Pair Photography

Photos by Jen Pair Photography

“The Foundation has supported treatment-oriented research studies like drug compound testing led by the Netherlands’ research team at Khondrion and brain studies on cognitive fatigue at Georgia Tech and Georgia State Universities, ” said Dr. John Shoffner, founding board member of The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine. “Our grants are also allowing new drug compounds to be tested, eventually leading to full clinical drugs trials. We are particularly excited about the promise of our new co-funded research project with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.  Even though one cure and one timeline don’t exist right now, support through fundraisers like Hope Flies Catch the Cure will allow researchers to move forward faster.

“The complex mitochondrial disorders that impair the body’s ability to adequately produce energy are also at the root of Parkinson’s disease, Autism, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as many types of childhood developmental delays,” continued Shoffner.

Photos by Jen Pair Photography

Hope Flies Catch the Cure 2013 Organizing Committee

According to 2013 Hope Flies Catch the Cure co-chairperson Danielle Poppens, “1 in 2,500 people are affected with mitochondrial disease, and that number increases dramatically if you include other related diseases. Mitochondrial disease is difficult to diagnose and no patient, doctor or researcher can beat the disease alone. It will take dedication of many to help the children and adults with mitochondrial disease. We are delighted to have hosted another successful fundraising event.”  The Poppens became involved because of their connection with their son’s Autism.

The Hope Flies Catch the Cure event is the Foundation’s annual event in Atlanta. Other Hope Flies Signature events around the country also help raise funds and awareness for the Foundation of Mitochondrial Medicine.  If you are interested in launching a regional Hope Flies event, or hosting a fundraiser in your city, contact the Foundation at  For more information on the Foundation, please visit


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