The 12th annual Bet on Baylee event was held at the Perry County Fairgrounds Saturday.
Hundreds of community members gathered for an entire day to support those suffering with mitochondrial disease. Baylee Thomas, 15 years old now has been suffering from the disease since she was 9 months old. There was a $10 fee at the door to enter and enjoy a whole lot of fun, family and friends. Jody, Mother of Baylee told us more.
“We have poker, we have live auctions. Sheriff Matt Lutz is getting ready to do that. Two bands. We have food. Kids activities this year–thats a new item. So it literally is 13 hours of fun and frolic as we like to say and its all helping to fund a cure.”
Mitochondrial disease effects ones ability to produce energy. All of the funds raised at this evenings event went toward the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Thomas told us why the community needs to support their lifesaving work.
“Mitochondrial disease is not rare by any means. It’s very prominent in our society. More children die of this disease than childhood cancer so it’s advantageous to learn about it because it is a disease that’s around with no known cure. It has to be raising awareness to get people to know about it.”
If you missed tonight’s annual event and wish to donate to this important cause and help find a cure, you are encouraged to visit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation website: www.umdf.org