Mighty Mito…The Superhero


Gavin Lawrey’s rare illness often takes his energy, making it difficult for him to do all the activities he loves. But his sister, Makenzie, sees him as a superhero.

Gavin has mitochondrial disease, which in short is called mito, a condition that can damage cells in the body’s major organs and lead to muscle weakness and cardiac or liver disease.

When Makenzie learned the extent of her brother’s sickness and the fact that research for a cure is underfunded, she decided she had to do something about it

The 9-year-old girl sat down and wrote “Mighty Mito Superhero,” a book that explains Gavin’s disease and the trials he goes through every day. She hopes to raise awareness about her brother’s condition and to also raise $1 million to help find a cure. The book tells the story of how Gavin becomes his alter-ego, a superhero named Mito Action G. Mito Action G’s powers allow him to cure kids’ seizures and defeat the villain, Mito.

Makenzie has already sold 500 books and has raised $20,000. She plans to continue pushing forward until she reaches her goal.

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