News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 19, 2013

‘Hope for Brionna’ walk/run planned Sept. 28

News Release

---- — United Cerebral Palsy of the Wabash Valley is co-sponsoring a fundraising walk/run, “Hope for Brionna,” on Sept. 28 at Fairbanks Park.

Brionna suffers from mitochondrial disease, which is not routinely diagnosed. Mitochondrial disease is an energy production problem. All cells in the body contain mitochondria, or a tiny “power plant.” These “power plants” are the body’s source for essential energy.  Brionna’s “power plants” do not work normally.    

During the winter months, Brionna cannot attend school, because of the risk of catching something, even if it’s just a common cold. A simple virus that most individuals can fight off in three to four days with over-the-counter medication depletes about 90 percent of Brionna’s energy, making the effort to just get out bed and get dressed very difficult.

There will be a 1-mile run/walk at 10 a.m. and a 5K run/walk at 10:30 to raise awareness of the disease. Cost is $10 and includes a T-shirt.

For more information contact Karen Myers at 812-236-2040 or UCPWV at 812-232-6305.