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Blaine, Evan, mom Sarah and sister Julia all representing at the 2017 Calgary Marathon

Blaine, Evan, mom Sarah and sister Julia all representing at the 2017 Calgary Marathon

Mitochondria are the "power plants" that fuel the body with all of the energy it needs to walk, talk, laugh, hear, digest food, and breathe. So what happens when the power goes out?
Blaine Penny's son Evan went in for a routine appendectomy at the age of 3 and left a quadriplegic, having been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. Evan is now 14 and confined to a wheelchair, fed by a tube, has trouble lifting his head, suffers chronic bouts of pain, and has no reliable way to communicate with the outside world. But despite all this, Evan’s smile is a common theme with all that meet him sharing, “When you smile, I smile.”
Primary Mitochondrial disease affects 1 in 4,000 Canadians, which is similar to Cystic Fibrosis, yet few people have ever heard of it. There are minimal therapies and no cure - yet. Researchers are also discovering mitochondrial dysfunction to be a secondary cause of many common chronic diseases, including diseases of the heart, kidney and liver, as well as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, autism, cancer, blindness, and chronic fatigue. 
Join us along with MitoCanada CEO and Evan's dad, Blaine Penny, as we generate our own energy and embrace the ability to move, in hopes that one day, everyone will.

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When: Friday, September 28 5:30pm
Where: CrushCamp, 313 17 AVE SW (Free parking available)
What: A sweaty workout to celebrate our ability to move, celebrated by an after party with ToolShed brewing
Who: All ages and abilities welcome! This class will be scalable for all levels
Bring: Indoor runners, a water bottle, and gear to get sweaty in
Cost: $25 donation to MitoCanada