UMDF Connect

Meet Chaz Davis: Living With LHON

“It was that sense of accomplishment that has carried me to where I am today.” Charles ‘Chaz’ Davis remembers March 3, 2013 vividly.  The University of Hartford freshman was sitting in an English class and noticed that he was having difficulty seeing out of the center...

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Meet Joe McCormick, Jr.

In honor of National Blindness Awareness Month, we feature LHON patient Joe McCormick. Joe was looking toward a bright future. While in high school, he remembers that life revolved around hanging out with friends and playing sports.

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They’ve Been Walking for 20 Years

Lora Lacey was in her senior year of high school when she suffered a viral infection that affected her muscles. At the time, her mitochondrial disease was barely noticeable and she would not get an official diagnosis of mitochondrial myopathy until she was 19.

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