Dr. Kyle McLaughlin, a 36-year-old from Canmore, Alberta, Canada, is one of 725 racers from 31 countries who signed up for the XTERRA World Championship. He’s the only one, however, racing with the sole purpose of shining the spotlight on Mitochondrial Disease.
“Kyle has the rare ability to balance being a dad, full-time physician, elite multisport athlete, and giving back thru charity,” said Blaine Penny, the President and CEO of MitoCanada whose own son was diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease three-and-a-half years ago.
McLaughlin met Penny and his son, Evan, just a little more than a year ago at a running race in support of MitoCanada and has since championed the cause.
“What he has achieved has been nothing short of inspirational and remarkable in terms of awareness, members, events, results, and fundraising,” said Penny.
“Over the last year with Team MitoCanada Kyle has attracted more than 250 members across eight provinces whose participation in 50+ events (skiing, running, cycling and triathlon) has raised over $100,000.”
Approximately 1 in 6,000 people are affected by Mitochondrial disease. It is estimated that less than 10% of the people affected are diagnosed due to the complex nature of the disease, and it is often misdiagnosed.
To learn more or join in the movement visit www.mitocanada.org