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UMDF Energy for Life Walkathon to be Held Saturday

This is the first year the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's walkathon will be held in Pittsburgh.

The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation will be hosting its first-ever Energy for Life Walkathon in Pittsburgh this weekend.

The 3K or 1-mile walk will be held Saturday, June 2, at the Heinz Field Lawn on the North Shore in Pittsburgh.

The UMDF is a national organization headquartered in Plum. The mission of the organization is to promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders and to provide support to affected individuals and families.

According to the foundation, mitochondrial diseases occur when the mitochondria in a person’s cells cannot convert food into life-sustaining energy. There is no cure for mitochondrial disease.

UPMC, attorney James Lomeo of Monroeville and Mohan's Restaurant in Penn Hills are sponsoring the event.

Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. There is no registration fee. Participants can collect pledges from friends, family and co-workers to raise money and awareness for the foundation.

For more information about the walk and the foundation, go to www.energyforlifewalk.org/pittsburgh. Anyone interested in making donations to local teams also can do so on the site. A brochure for the event has been attached to the media section of this article.

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