Butterflies of Hope
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Butterflies of Hope was originally created in memory of their daughter Rylee, but now also carries on the memory of their son Xavier. Unfortunately their lives were taken far too soon from the disease mito. Butterflies of Hope has a son named Andrew and he and his dear Friend Makenzie, who has a young brother Gavin who suffers from mito have made it their personal mission to raise ONE MILLION DOLLARS to help fund research, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure. Butterflies of Hope helps raise money to help bring Mito specialists to area hospitals, help educate health professionals, and raise awareness about the disease and to give financial assistance to families with Mito so they can attend the national mitochondrial symposium but above all else to provide hope to families affected with mitochondrial disease. Hope for treatment, Hope for a cure. We believe without Hope we have nothing.
"Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common.
Diseases of the mitochondria appear to cause the most damage to cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, kidney and the endocrine and respiratory systems.
Depending on which cells are affected, symptoms may include loss of motor control, muscle weakness and pain, gastro-intestinal disorders and swallowing difficulties, poor growth, cardiac disease, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory complications, seizures, visual/hearing problems, lactic acidosis, developmental delays and susceptibility to infection"

Hope, Strength, Courage
The deadline for all Cuddle for a Cause blankets is November 1st, to ensure receive by the Holidays.