Ask Me About Mito! by Sarah Batalka
With the idea that tote bags and t-shirts could be used to educate and spread awareness, I added what I hope will be a conversation- sparking request to my colored pencil drawing, "Mito Awareness Butterfly- A Symbol Of Hope", which was drawn as a gift for two of my dear friends (Aly and Heather) who are sisters, both with Mitochondrial Disease and, at the time, both in the hospital fighting for their lives. Very sadly, Aly never made it home. Green is the color for Mito, and the fragile butterfly on a strong rock symbolizes hope.
While the original drawing went to Heather and Aly, I've donated the digital file to the Mitochondrial Disease community to use for fundraising, awareness via social media, etc.
Mitochondrial Disease (Mito) results from a failure of cells to supply the energy (ATP) needed to sustain life. As more cells are affected, organs and body systems begin to malfunction and ultimately fail. Mito is most often inherited but i...