This golf tournament is held in honor and memory of Luca Florio.
Luca was an adorable and lovable 3 year old when he lost his battle with Mitochondrial Disease. Since birth Luca struggled with a variety of developmental delays and was only diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease four months before he passed away. During his short life, Luca had many obstacles to overcome however; he always had a smile on his face and always ready for hugs and snuggles. Luca was a complete joy to everyone that knew and loved him and he has left a huge hole in our hearts.
To honor his life and to keep his memory alive, we have created this golf tournament to help raise money for his research fund and to raise awareness for Mitochondrial Disease.
Mitochondrial diseases result when there is a defect that reduces the ability of the mitochondria to produce energy. As the mitochondria fails to produce enough energy, the cell will not function properly and if this continues, cell death will eventually follow. Organ systems will begin to fail and the life of the individual is compromised, changed or ended.