The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) has changed and enhanced its membership options effective this month (January, 2009) in order to attract more people to its membership. Prior to this change, it cost fifty dollars ($50.00) to join the UMDF. Now, there are multiple membership options.
Everyone can join now under the HOPE membership option, which is free and allows members to have free general membership in the UMDF. EVERYONE should join the UMDF with this membership alone! Its FREE!
In addition, they have renamed their regular membership to the ENERGY membership, and it stil costs $50 per family per year. The main benefits you would get with an ENERGY membership include the newsletter (electronic or via mail), the ability to ask questions to a Mito Doctor on the “Ask the Mito Doc” portion of the website, discounts on merchandise and supplements, and even a VOTE at the annual symposium.
In any event, everyone who has any interest in mitochondrial disease or who has been touched by a child or adult with mito should join the UMDF. The larger our membership, the more “noise” we can make to get funding for research and to let the world know that mitochondrial disease deserves the attention it so lacks at this time.
To join or renew your membership in the UMDF, click HERE.