COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Energy for Life Walk Committee is raising awareness on mitochondrial disease.
And they're doing it through an Energy for Life Walkathon. This year's event was at the Golden Park Baseball Field.
All money raised on Saturday will help the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation provide support, education and research towards a cure.
When mitochondria cells malfunction organs start to fail and people, including children, get sick and even die.
"Teaching people about it is a really important thing because the more awareness we have, the more people come out to events like this and the more money we raise for treatment and to find a cure. And today, I must say that the wonderful community of Columbus, GA has raised over $23,000 for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation," Margaret Moore said, the event coordinator.
Every 30 minutes a child is born with a mitochondrial disease.