The Energy Award is designed to recognize an individual who embodies the spirit of the UMDF and its Mission: promoting research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders and providing support to those affected. We are proud to recognize Sebastien Cotte of Stone Mountain, GA, as the 2021 Energy Award recipient. Sebastian is the energy behind patient families. As a UMDF Ambassador, Sebastien helps patient families on their own journey with mitochondrial disease. In addition, he has volunteered his time to presents numerous informational sessions during patient family meetings, has been on the Atlanta Energy for Life Walkathon Committee for many years and has been a tireless advocate for legislation impacting patient families. Sebastien also promotes UMDF activities and events through social media.