UMDF Connect

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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Meet the Atkins

The family received help all along their journey from family and friends, the medical community, their schools and colleges, and from the UMDF when both of their sons were diagnosed with mitochondrial disease.

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Meet Melissa Howell

After gathering information and knowing that her family was not alone on their journey, Melissa decided to volunteer with UMDF to ensure that patient families like her know they are not alone.

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