The Abel Foundation welcomed Jordan Wylie (Adventurer, Soldier, Author) as a Patron. Jordan first met Tony, Claire & Abel 3 months ago and immediately showed a connection to how he wanted to support the charity.
Jordan utilised his contacts to help with a fundraiser to get Abel a much needed stander for his growth development. Jordan met trustees and volunteers of the charity, as well as meeting Chris Britton the charities 1st Patron.
One of the charities key goals is to make Mitochondrial Disease awareness far reaching, and Jordan has that capability. In October 2019, Jordan became the first person in history to row, solo and unsupported across the most dangerous strait of water on the planet (Bab el Mandeb Straits) between the Horn of Africa and Yemen, sharing his journey with one of our Abel Bears.
The Abel Foundation, main goal is to set up a 10 bed hospice, dedicated to Mitochondrial Disease. We are meeting more and more families in need of help, as Mitochondrial Disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that can be inherited in a number of ways. Because there are many forms of mitochondrial disease and therefore Mitochondrial disease presents very differently from individual to individual.
When a person has Mitochondrial Disease the mitochondria in the cells are not producing enough energy. Sometimes they are not very efficient or they do not work at all. Depending on which Mitochondria are affected will depend on which organs are affected.
Activities like running, swimming, cycling or even simple ones like walking or breathing can be difficult or completely impossible if you are suffering with Mitochondrial Disease. Acquired conditions in which mitochondrial dysfunction has been involved are diabetes, Huntington’s disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ageing and senescence, anxiety disorders, cardiovascular disease, sarcopenia and chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia.