Andrew Caleb Radney passed away on May 11. 2010 from complications related to mitochondrial disease. Andrew was a Happy and energetic 9 year old student who impacted so many. He lived his life with a giant and courageous spirit. Andrew had an amazing sense of humor and kept everyone laughing. He made a lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with. Andrew was known and loved by many, and inspired the establishment of the Andrew Caleb Radney Fund. His spirit and his smile will be missed by all who knew him.
To honor Andrew’s life, his Teachers, established the Andrew Caleb Radney Research Fund. Through the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), money donated to this fund goes to research in Andrew’s name.
The UMDF was formed by families affected by mitochondrial disease. Like Andrew’s teachers, the UMDF founders wanted to help othersaffected by the disorder. The Foundation provides support to families and funds research into mitochondrial disease.
Mitochondria produce more than 90 percent of the body’s energy. When these tiny parts of the cell can’t do their job, the body doesn’t get the energy it needs, resulting in a wide range of debilitating and sometimes fatal symptoms. Up to one in 2,000 children born each year will develop a mitochondrial disease by age 10. Most of these affected children will not survive beyond their teenage years.
Through research, the medical world one day will have the resources to help children like Andrew win the battle against mitochondrial disease. Until then, please help Andrew’s teachers and the UMDF “redefine hope” for everyone affected by mitochondrial Disease by donating to the, “Andrew Radney Research Fund.”