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MITO2019 Patient-Caregiver Conference Grants

Patients and caregivers deserve an opportunity to pursue connections within the mitochondrial community, be it networking with peers, meeting clinicians and researchers, expanding their knowledge and understanding of mitochondrial disease or learning and embracing the impactful role each can play in advancing research. To help break down geographical and financial barriers that prevent families from attending the MITO2019 conference, MitoCanada is excited to offer a series of travel grants.

The Kate Drury Travel Award

Kate Drury was a bubbly, blonde-haired beauty, who lived with a rare form of mitochondrial disease called SIFD. She passed away at the tender age of eight.

To celebrate Kate’s indomitable spirit, life, and legacy, we will offer five (5) Kate Drury Conference Travel Awards. These awards aim to bring patients and caregivers together to network, learn, empower, and build a strong sense of community.

Each of the five (5) conference travel awards include:

  • Free conference registration
  • Up to $500 in travel subsidy

Eligibility to Apply
Applicants must:

  • Reside in Canada
  • Be or care for an individual living with a mitochondrial disease (diagnosed or undiagnosed)
  • Plan to attend activities specifically focused on patient and caregiver working sessions; 
  • Not be recipients of our past MITO2017 patient scholarship award.

Because this grant serves as supplemental funding for the proposed conference, applicants are expected to seek out additional funding sources.

Application Process
Interested parties will be asked to complete our application form, which includes writing a passage describing how they believe attending the conference will benefit and affect their life at home, describe their plans to share information learned at the conference with the community and/or clinicians back home.

The application deadline is Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

Download application (Word document): MITO2019 Travel Awards Application

Results
All applicants will receive an email notifying them of the results of their application on Friday, September 6, 2019

Payment
Successful applicants must submit the following required documents as a single PDF file and email to conference@mitocanada.org to receive payment of the Kate Drury Travel Award:

  • Receipts for all travel expenses up to the award offer amount (e.g., airfare, train, accommodations); and
  • A Patient/Caregiver Travel Award reflection/ testimonial, not to exceed 500 words

Successful participants are encouraged to participate in a short video interview.

The Evan Penny Extended Travel Award

If you’ve ever had the privilege to meet Evan Penny, you will agree his smile radiates, lighting up a room and your heart.  Diagnosed with mitochondrial disease at the age of four, this once active little boy’s health took a drastic turn. Today, Evan is a spastic quadriplegic who cannot talk, walk, or feed himself. What Evan has done and continues to do is inject energy and unite a community like no other. Together with his father, Blaine, they break down barriers, set extreme challenges, and conquer them at every turn. It is this inspirational drive that we celebrate in providing this travel award. No matter the barrier, geographic or financial, this award offers three (3), patients/caregivers, the opportunity to join our annual conference. MitoCanada was brought to life when Blaine and several Canadian families attended a mitochondrial disease conference in the US. Together they channeled their energy to create an organization that would help reshape the landscape of this disease in Canada. MitoCanada was born in March of 2010, uniting families with this disease, so they no longer feel alone. This travel award strives to connect mito families, build a network of support, and seek out information that can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and families living with mitochondrial disease.

Each of the three (3) extended conference travel awards include:

  • Free conference registration
  • UP to $1500 in travel subsidy

Eligibility to Apply
Applicants must:

  • Reside in Canada
  • Be or care for an individual living with a mitochondrial disease (diagnosed or undiagnosed)
  • Plan to attend activities specifically focused on patient and caregiver working sessions; 
  • Not be recipients of our past MITO2017 patient scholarship award.
  • Live outside of Ontario where the conference is hosted.

Because this grant serves as supplemental funding for the proposed conference, applicants are expected to seek out additional funding sources.

Application Process
Interested parties will be asked to complete our application form, which includes writing a passage describing how they believe attending the conference will benefit and affect their life at home, describe their plans to share information learned at the conference with the community and/or clinicians back home.

The application deadline is Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

Download application (Word document): MITO2019 Travel Awards Application

Results
All applicants will receive an email notifying them of the results of their application on FridaySeptember 6, 2019

Payment
Successful applicants must submit the following required documents as a single PDF file and email to conference@mitocanada.org to receive payment of the Evan Penny Extended Travel Award:

  • Receipts for all travel expenses up to the award offer amount (e.g., airfare, train, accommodations); and
  • A Patient/Caregiver Travel Award reflection/ testimonial, not to exceed 500 words.

Successful participants are encouraged to participate in a short video interview.