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MITO HOPE and HELP is growing and changing.

 I’d like to introduce our new Director, Shannon Reed-Lavigne. 

 Shannon and her family have already been playing an important role in helping advance MITO HOPE and HELP's mission and goals.

Shannon shares my passion for helping MITO patients of ALL ages.  

I am confident that Shannon will not only continue the work I started, when I founded MITO HOPE and HELP 10 years ago, but she will also bring many new ideas and positive resources to our MITO Community!

As of June 1st 2020 I will be passing the torch, and entrusting MITO HOPE and HELP, to Shannon. 

Sincerely, Catherine LaFond-Evans, Founder MITO HOPE and HELP

Thank you to EVERYONE who made MITO HOPE and HELP's


Riley and Ella's Lemonade Strand for MITO

August 2019

How Sweet !

Riley, Ella and parents, Shannon and Kevin Lavigne, spent their weekend, August 2-3rd raising awareness as well as funds for local individuals living with mitochondrial disease. 

MITO HOPE and HELP is planning a fall 2019 MITO Symposium.

Further details will be published as they become available.

On Behalf of our entire MITO Community, we would like to thank

the Lavigne Family!!!

MITO HOPE and HELP's awareness video, "THIS IS MITO"

was shown at the


held October 2nd and 3rd , 2017 in Boston.

The Rare Disease Film Festival was a new two day event showcasing films from around the world which address the challenges of life with a rare disease.

Most (but not all) films were documentaries. Many were less than 20 minutes. The 2017 festival took place in Boston. Boston is one of the cities on the leading edge of genetic research.


A film trailer preview of the full length documentary that is in the works!

You can view it by clicking on the link below.

Mr. Jon Dorflinger, founder and CEO of the Saratoga Film Academy, created this film trailer for our MITO Community.

"THIS IS MITO" debuted October 30th at MITO HOPE and HELP's 4th Annual Mitochondrial Disease Symposium.

We are happy to be able to share this powerful and informative film trailer with all of you!

I would like to thank Jon and all of the participants who volunteered to be part of this TREMENDOUS effort!

MITO HOPE and HELP is a non profit 501(c) 3 program, sponsored by NYSARC Inc., Warren Washington and Albany Counties Chapter,

As a unified MITO community, we are dedicated to raising much needed awareness of Mitochondrial diseases. 

We passionately strive to represent, unite and offer support to hundreds of individuals and their families living with, or who have lost loved ones to, mitochondrial diseases throughout New York. Most importantly, MITO HOPE and HELP wants our local MITO community to know that they are not alone! We care, understand and acknowledge what EVERYONE is dealing with!

MITO HOPE and HELP is also committed to funding local appropriate medical care and support services for MITO patients of all ages in the surrounding 26 counties! Individuals living with Mitochondrial diseases require specialized, coordinated care administered by trained professionals. The medical community acknowledges the lack of appropriate medical care and services for these poorly understood, complex, chronic and incurable diseases.  

MITO HOPE and HELP believes this void can be significantly filled by funding a MITO Liaison Program; consisting of trained MITO healthcare professionals. An NP, RN and physician, would all work under the direction of Dr. Darius Adams. Mito Hope and Help continues to diligently try to obtain funding for our MITO Liaison Program. We hope to be able to offer these crucial services in the near future. 

In addition, MITO HOPE and HELP networks with organizations, institutions and support resources to disseminate pertinent information to individuals and their families living with Mitochondrial diseases throughout our Northeastern NY communities and beyond.

If any of you would like for MITO HOPE and HELP to speak at your church / house of worship or for any other group please contact me at,

TOGETHER, we can make a difference! 

This website is dedicated to everyone suffering with a Mitochondrial disease and their families, as well as those who have lost their lives to these devastating diseases.


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If you're a TD Bank customer please take a few minutes and call 518-623-2666. Simply say, "I'd like to support MITO HOPE and HELP through TD Bank's Affinity Membership Program". Its that easy! There's NO paperwork involved, NO hassles, NO gimmicks, guaranteed! This is so easy and there is no cost, so why not?

Nothing is deducted from the supporters' account and its totally confidential between the supporter and TD Bank. Simply this is the universal means by which TD Bank has chosen to give back to the communities it serves. The easiest way is to call the Branch manager of the Warrensburg location, at 518-623-2991.

If you're not already a customer, please consider becoming a TD Bank customer so you too can help support Mito Hope and Help! 

Please ask family, friends and co-workers to help support MITO HOPE and HELP as well. TD Bank customers in other states can be enlisted also. 

MITO HOPE and HELP was able to obtain the minimum 50 supporters needed, to qualify for this wonderful opportunity and a minimum yearly donation from TD Bank! However, the yearly donation is only possible if we continue to grow our number of supporters every year. So please, help us continue this ongoing effort to support MITO HOPE and HELP!!!

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We hope to see you again! Check back later for new

updates to our website. There's much more to come!

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