Miracles for Mito: In the spirit of strength

Miracles for Mito’s mission is to ensure that no individual or family has to be alone while trying to understand a complicated mitochondrial diagnosis.

Our mission is to improve the resources and information available to individuals and families that are coping with Mitochondrial Disease in the Rocky Mountain Region.  We are focused on awareness, education, support and advocacy for children and adults.

We will create partnerships worldwide to help understand and share the most recent research, patient therapies and resources available in the Rocky Mountain Region.

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What is a mitochondrial disease?

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, gastrointestinal 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.

There is today no cure, and for a person living with Mitochondrial Disease, life is compromised, changed or even ended. Every 15 minutes, a child is born who will develop mitochondrial disease by age 10. We now know that this group of diseases is approaching the frequency of childhood cancers. Miracles for Mito is committed to raise money for national mitochondrial disease research while providing local support, awareness and education to our community.

Links to Useful Resources

Moments with Jacob

A moving blog page created by Maria Hopfgarten, this site is a tribute to her son, Jacob Benjamin Hallberg, an eight-year old boy with Mitochondrial Disease.

Samantha’s Mom

Heather Schichtel's blog site about her life experiences with her daughter Samantha, a beautiful girl who passed away from Mitochondrial Disease. This site also contains many useful and relevant links to Mitochondrial resources.

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF)

The Web site for UMD contains vast amounts of information and resources related to Mitochondrial Disease.

The Children’s Hospital

The Web site for The Children's Hospital, one of the top 10 children's hospitals in the nation and a place parents across the Rocky Mountain region have come to trust.


The Mitoaction website contains vast amounts of information and resources related to Mitochondrial Disease.


Miracles for Mito’s Family Assistance Program and Application

Miracles for Mito is granting Mito Families and Individuals Financial Assistance supporting the needs of Mito Patients in the Rocky Mountain Region. Miracles for Mito wants to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of our Mitochondrial families and patients.

Application process

All applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis by Miracles for Mito’s Board. The Board will grant a minimum of one financial assistance request per quarter. The amount is at the discretion of the Board. We require that receipts are submitted and received no later than 60 days after the assistance has been honored. If no receipts are submitted to Miracles for Mito, that individual will not qualify for future family assistance.


To qualify for financial assistance from Miracles for Mito you need to have a confirmed or probable Mitochondrial Disease diagnosis. You will need to submit receipts for your expenses used towards the assistance amount. Families can only participate in this program once a year.

Purpose of finacial assistance

This program can be used for a variety of resources that benefits a Mitochondrial Patient. Examples are supplements, equipment, home modifications, respite, cleaning service etc. This is not an all-inclusive list. We don’t accept requests that are paid by Private insurance and Medicaid.

Please submit your completed application together with a Referral from a Medical Professional.