UC San Diego

Mito Research Fund

Who we are

Who we are:

The UC San Diego Mitochondrial Disease Research Fund is a nonprofit organization made up of families and loved ones affected by mitochondrial disorders. We are dedicated to finding the cure for Mitochondrial Dysfunction which affects millions of people worldwide. A cure for mitochondrial Dysfunction is a cure for all!

Our mission

Our mission:

Our mission is to raise money for research to enable scientists to continue to search for a treatment, and ultimately a cure, for children and young adults suffering from mitochondrial disease.


What is Mito?

Mitochondrial disease results from failures of the mitochondria, the organelles responsible for more than 90 percent of all energy needed to sustain life and support growth. When these fail, the cell produces less energy resulting in cell injury and death. When this process occurs throughout the body, whole systems fail, compromising the body’s ability to sustain life.


How you can help:

Join us on Saturday,

May 19th 2018

as we host our 6th annual 5K event to raise funds for research to save children suffering from mitochondrial disease.

The run starts at 9am and the walk at 9:15

.This event will be held at

NTC Park, Liberty Station in Point Loma, San Diego.

Activities include: carnival games, rides and prizes, food vendors, live music and dance performances, over 100 raffles and silent auction items and all types of vendor booths.

Our previous five events have had more than 2,500 participants and raised more than $350,000. Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 to fuel research to find an effective treatment or cure now!

According to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, every 30 minutes a child is born who will develop a mitochondrial disease—only half will live past their 10th birthday.

We can change this, but we need your help.

Our goal is ambitious, but with your support we can do it and it is necessary to battle Mitochondrial Disease as well as mitochondrial dysfunction which has been linked to many more familiar illnesses and conditions including, but not limited to:
Cancer, Autism, Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Infertility and Obesity. The current research to find treatments and cures for Mitochondrial Disease can have an immense impact on these related diseases.

Early registration
(through March 31)
Ages 5-12: $25, ages 13+: $30
(After April 1)
Ages 5–12: $30, ages 13+: $35

For more info and how to register go to our Annual 5K page:
Info + Registration
We are one of the few foundations where 100% of your donations go straight to research! The money and time put into hosting this event is entirely because of volunteers who collect raffle items, get people to sign up, attend meetings to make each event better than the last and hold my hand for the 7 months of planning.
Our planning committee has 40 people, all of them do what they can fit in their schedules and they are ALL LOVED AND APPRECIATED!!
Because of all of our collective hard work and dedication, we raised $100,000 at our 2017 event!