Wednesday Apr 18 2012
El Dorado Hills run is for a good cause
By: Matt Long, Telegraph Sports Editor
About 200 runners showed up for the third annual Mito Kids Walk at Town Center in El Dorado Hills on Saturday. The event raised money for the 4,000 children born every year with genetically inherited mitochondrial disease, a disease which causes cells in the body to not function properly, which in turn can cause organs to be damaged or to fail completely. There is no cure for mitochondrial disease. Dan Feekes and his son, Ian, a 15-year-old freshman at Oak Ridge High, participated in the 5K run. Ian received extra credit for his physical education class at Oak Ridge for participating in the event while his dad decided to join him. “I don’t know much about mitochondrial disease other than it is severely debilitating and I understand families have to shoulder the burden,” Feekes said. Slamson, mascot of the Sacramento Kings, helped kickoff the festivities prior to the run, while Kings forward Donte Greene signed autographs following the event.