From left, Mary Kovalcik, Michael Fritz, Ellie Kovalcik, Emily Manzanares and Grace Guitar pose for a photo at a Race for Ellie event Jan. 25 at Palmetto Bluff. Ellie has a form of mitochondrial disease called Leigh's disease, a progressive neurometabolic disorder that can result in the loss of head control and motor skills, loss of appetite, vomiting, irritability, seizures, lack of muscle tone, and impairment of respiratory and kidney function. Ellie's mother, Kris, said Bluffton Elementary School and Early Childhood Learning Center students, faculty and staff have raised more than $10,000 for the Race for Ellie Foundation, which works to find a cure for mitochondrial disease.
From left, Mary Kovalcik, Michael Fritz, Ellie Kovalcik, Emily Manzanares and Grace Guitar pose for a photo at a Race for Ellie event Jan. 25 at Palmetto Bluff. Ellie has a form of mitochondrial disease called Leigh's disease, a progressive neurometabolic disorder that can result in the loss of head control and motor skills, loss of appetite, vomiting, irritability, seizures, lack of muscle tone, and impairment of respiratory and kidney function. Ellie's mother, Kris, said Bluffton Elementary School and Early Childhood Learning Center students, faculty and staff have raised more than $10,000 for the Race for Ellie Foundation, which works to find a cure for mitochondrial disease. Submitted photo
From left, Mary Kovalcik, Michael Fritz, Ellie Kovalcik, Emily Manzanares and Grace Guitar pose for a photo at a Race for Ellie event Jan. 25 at Palmetto Bluff. Ellie has a form of mitochondrial disease called Leigh's disease, a progressive neurometabolic disorder that can result in the loss of head control and motor skills, loss of appetite, vomiting, irritability, seizures, lack of muscle tone, and impairment of respiratory and kidney function. Ellie's mother, Kris, said Bluffton Elementary School and Early Childhood Learning Center students, faculty and staff have raised more than $10,000 for the Race for Ellie Foundation, which works to find a cure for mitochondrial disease. Submitted photo

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