Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine

The Fireflyer Newsletter – Fall 2016


Fall 2016
Seventh Annual Hope Flies® Catch the Cure Event Raises Over $250,000 for Mitochondrial Disease Awareness and Research

The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine held its seventh annual celebration of Hope Flies Catch the Cure on September 23 at the Stave Room at American Spirits Distillery in Atlanta. Approximately 350 guests enjoyed the event, including open bars, a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions, raffles and dancing to hits spun by from Track Seven Events.


Honorary party chairs were Margaret and John Robinson, longtime supporters of the Foundation and grandparents to Grace Martin, who has mitochondrial disease. The Foundation also paid tribute to Desmond Gray, an advocate for mitochondrial disease awareness and friend of the Foundation who lost his battle with the disease earlier this year at age 22.


The event raised over $250,000 and all proceeds benefit the foundation and its mission to accelerate treatments and cures for the many, many forms of mitochondrial diseases. Specifically, the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM) is supporting a new comprehensive mitochondrial disease clinical and research program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in conjunction with Seahorse Bioscience. The clinical program will diagnosis neuromuscular mitochondrial diseases using precision medicine models for monitoring therapeutic interventions.


Help Us Fund the FMM Clinical and Research Program at UAB!

At this year’s Hope Flies Catch the Cure event, we set a goal of $25,000 to be raised during our Special Appeal.  We were blown away by the generousity and support of our attendees when we raised over $36,000 during the program.


The UAB Mitochondrial Medicine Program will be a

  • Multi-disciplinary place where pediatric and adult patients can be diagnosed, treated and regularly evalutated.
  • Team of specialists in one place
  • Place where care is coordinated and a patient’s care is managed by a nurse navigator
  • New, non-invasive blood test exists to assess mitohcondrial function of the cells
  • Place where research is connected to related diseases, like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and more

Help us reach $50,000 for the UAB Program and fund two full months, which includes patient visits, research, case management and coordiate care from a Nurse Navigator. 


Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week

September 18 – 24, 2016 was Global Mitochondiral Disease Awareness Week.  During GMDAW, organizations around the world dedicated to finding a cure and helping families affected by mitochondrial disease united in an effort to build awareness of the disease and the need for further research.


The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine launched the awareness week with simple daily activities to help us spread awareness about the disease.   Because of our partners, Sharecare and Star 94, we were able to reach over 38,000 individuals and make an impact for mitochondrial disease research!


This year’s awareness week may have come and gone, but it doesn’t mean we should stop raising awarness.  Connect with FMM on social media to help us raise awareness, fuel connections and the cures every day.





Thank to Our Hope Flies Catch the Cure 2016 Sponsors

This year’s Hope Flies Catch the Cure would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors!



Click Here to View a Complete List of Sponsors

Hope Flies Catch the Cure Pictures are LIVE!


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View photos from this year’s Hope Flies Catch the Cure Gala!

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Upcoming Events


Hope Flies Health Series
Translational Medicine and Therapies for Mitochondrial Diseases

November 2016
More Information Coming Soon!


Georgia Gives Day
November 17, 2016


Hope Flies Health Series

Details Coming Soon for Our Next Webinars!

Learn more about the scientific connection and interest researchers have in mitochondria.  Hear about a specific research projects FMM has co-funded.   Understand similar challenges mitochondrial patients and other related disease patients face and how the day-to-day can be managed while treatment options are still being researched in the laboratory.

Webinars are complimentary.

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accelerates entry into the clinical trial phases, which in turn propels research toward the cures.
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