One Dollar... four quarters... one hundred pennies. What can one dollar buy? By itself, not much - a newspaper, a small burger or a bottle of water. It takes lots of dollars to buy the bigger things in life like a car or a house. It's the same when you make a donation. Your single dollar doesn't do much by itself, but when you combine it with other dollars - you can accomplish your goal. Isn't the power of compounding dollars amazing?
Meet Miss Reiley - I'm one of Reiley's Best Friends. She is the cutest 4-year old. She also has multiple life-challenging disorders. Ready for a mouthful?? Reiley has Short-chain acyl-coenzyme A (CoA) dehydrogenase deficiency known by the acronym SCAD. She is also a carrier for Mitochondrial complexes II and III. Your bodies mitochondria are the energy power plants in your body. (Think gasoline for your car) Without adequate energy stores available, your systems fail. Her parents and her many doctors believe there is more going on within Miss Reiley than they've attached a name. Since before her first birthday, Reiley has been 100% dependent on a g-tube inserted in her stomach to receive nutrition. Her daily tube intake includes a veritable pharmacy of drugs. She has had numerous surgeries and procedures done to first diagnosis and then attempt to treat her symptoms - most without success. And through it all, her smile and personality light up the room!
Mitochondrial disease takes many forms including Diabetes, Parkinson's disease and is suspected in Autism. It may be mild or it can be fatal. In every case, it impacts the patient and their family in so many ways - physical, emotional and financial.
I am asking 1,000 of my fellow Realtors® to donate $1 to The 1st Annual Energy for Life Walkathon. Click on this link to go to my donation page: Donate The Walkathon takes place December 19th at Kiwanis Park in Tempe Arizona. The money raised will go to funding research through the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. There is no cure. There is no treatment for all the Mito disorders. There is only hope: hope that one day children like Reiley are not given a death sentence at birth.
To learn more about Mitochondrial Disease, go to The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation It's only a dollar today...what can your dollar accomplish tomorrow?
PS: Reiley's daddy is a C21 agent. Here's a link the local newspaper did on Reiley and the walk.