(Jennifer in front of our UMDF booth at the Rays game...she's my good friend and counterpart for the UMDF Central Florida Mito Group...)We have had the wonderful privilege to meet many families experiencing the same life from a medical standpoint as our own...friendships have formed that will be life-long. Our UMDF Central Florida Group is a fairly new group...we've been meeting and participating in fund raisers and awareness activities for a little over a year, but we are becoming a very close group. I love that. Jump starting mitochondrial disease awareness week, the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to allow the UMDF to be showcased in the Community Corner spotlight for the Sunday afternoon game against the Angels. They even allowed the kids (Nate showed up a bit late and was cranky anyway) affected with mito to meet a couple of baseball players on the field before the game. Rocco Baldelli (shown in the second picture below) was so gracious to come down and talk with the kids some as well, as he knows fairly well the importance of such awareness for this disease.
All in all, I believe we had 85-90 participants in our awareness activity this year, which is loads more than we expected would come. It was a wonderful day, and even though the Rays lost, much fun was had by all. Thanks again to the Rays for allowing us to help spread awareness of mito to others in Florida.