Boston, Mass. - The University of New Hampshire women’s swim and dive team participated in the second annual Family Fun Walk for the Mitochondrial Disease Action Committee on Saturday September 30,
The UNH women's swim and dive team participated in the annual MDA Family Fun Walk on Boston Common on September 30.
    The walk took place on Boston Common to benefit and create awareness for Mitochondrial Disease. The Honorary Walk Marshall was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
    UNH Swim team members manned water stations, worked the registration table, blew up balloons for the kids, manned concessions, an Arts & Crafts area, and a Games area. Junior Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) and former men’s team swimmer David Armstrong performed as Dora the Explorer and Bob the Builder for the day. The walk was in part organized by former UNH swimmer Kristin (Mallory) Murray (’92), whose son Jack was diagnosed with this rare disease.
    Said UNH head coach Josh Willman, “Not only is helping with the walk a great way for our team to give back to the community, it is a testament to the sense of family within our team as both current team members and former UNH Swimming alumni came together to support Kris (Mallory) Murray's efforts in fighting this disease."
    Mitochondrial disease is a genetic, chronic and progressively debilitating disease that affects its victims at the cell level and manifests itself in a variety of ways. The walk and silent auction raised over $100,000.00. For more information on Mitochondrial Disease or to help or donate you can visit www.mitoaction.org 
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