Awareness for Mitochondrial Disease & UMDF – A SUCCESS!

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What a great night at the Atlanta Braves Game supporting UMDF. It has been raining for a week straight now with very cloudy, grey, icky skies. Well last night was absolutely gorgeous! Around 3pm the rain stopped, the sun came out and the night was as perfect as we could ever have imagined. And now today, it’s pouring down rain again. Amazing.

The Braves game was a fundraiser and awareness night that Jim organized in support of UMDF and our niece Megan. I have to give the majority of the credit to him on this one since all I really did was some advertising/promotion and the design of the flyers that were handed out to those that attended the game. He really put alot of time and effort into this and even though we didn’t meet our initial goal of how many tickets were sold, we accomplished the goal of raising awareness and bringing much needed funds to help find a cure of mitochondrial disease.

At the game, the kids (and parents!) were able to meet a Brave’s player, take their photo with him and get his autograph. The kids all loved this (with the exception of Grace – LOL!).

We then did a parade around the baseball field and let me tell you – I did not have any idea how HUGE those fields were until we walked around the entire thing with a 25 pound Owen strapped to the front of me in the baby carrier. All the kids enjoyed this and everyone was waving and smiling and having a good time. More great awareness for mito and UMDF with everyone on the field and on the jumbotron.

The Braves really did a great job in putting this together and helping bring the much needed support to a disease that is rarely heard about. The Braves even gave away hats and stickers to everyone that purchased tickets through UMDF.

We stayed for almost half of the game before our little man Owen started to melt down. We give them both alot of credit for making it until after 9pm when their usual bedtime is 7pm. Go boys! And they managed to stay in good moods with no tempter tantrums or crying. Amazing. In addition, Owen was cracking us up on the way home with his silly overtired mood. He was tickling the bottom of his own feet and then laughing and squeeling. It was hilarious. Ryan just snuggled up with his blanket and watched Curious George. This is our new favorite movie – move over Horton, George is in town now!

Anyway, what a great night. And thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and supported this. We raised alot of awareness for mitochondrial disease and UMDF and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Brave’s game there is another opportunity just around the corner to support UMDF and mitochondrial disease. You can attend Music for Megan and Mito Fest on Saturday, September 26 at Wills Equestrian Park in Alpharetta, GA. It is going to be a great event with a lot of fun activities for the kids. There will be jump houses, face painting, hot air balloon, pony rides and a climbing wall. For the adults there will be a silent auction with a lot of great items! You won’t want to miss the fun! And in the evening there will be fantastic music by Banks & Shane. You can purchase tickets in advance here or at the gate. Regardless how or when you do, I hope we’ll see you there!

Oh, and I have some extra flyers from the event and would love the opportunity to distribute them anywhere possible. These cards are small (approximately 3×5) and have great mitochondrial and UMDF information on them. If you are local to Atlanta I can meet you somewhere to get these to you. If you live outside of Atlanta, I am happy to ship some to you for distribution. A few ideas of places they can be distributed: coworkers & companies; events, meetings, fundraisers or speacial events you’ll be attending; neighborhoods; playgroups; daycares or schools; doctor offices; and restaurants. If you are interested in distributing some flyers, please send an email to with the quantity needed (no request is too big or too small) and the address to send them to or location/time you could meet in Atlanta.

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  1. I wish we could have been there! Ainsley just can't make it past 7PM without melting down any more – she is just too tired – and her GI issues lately have been terrible adding to the problems. We are planning on going to M4M next week for the kids part at least 🙂 And in a month there is the Atlanta Walk and Family Fun Day – All Aboard for a Cure – too – hope we see you guys there! Thanks for posting the pictures! The kids look great and I am soo glad you all had so much fun!Lisa Higginsmom to

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