April 8, 2006 - The 2006 Humanitarian
Award was presented to Wish Upon a Cure ® Co-Founder
Cathy Campbell by the University of Maryland Alumni Association
at its black-tie gala on the College Park, Md. campus.
CoFounder Dan Campbell, their son, Danny,
along with family and friends, were on hand to
receive this distinguished award on behalf of
The award is presented annually to an alumna
of the University of Maryland, College Park
for providing extraordinary service for the
benefit of others, Very special thanks goes to
Dr. Drury Bagwell, a long-time friend and
mentor, for nominating the Campbell 's for
this significant award and helping raise the
awareness level of mitochondrial disease.
Thanks to our many generous supporters, we have established
the nation’s first clinical Fellowship in Mitochondrial
Medicine! Mary J. Hall Willis, M.D., Ph.D., joined
the esteemed team of specialists at the Mitochondrial and
Metabolic Disease Center (MMDC) at the University of California,
San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Willis began her
Fellowship on July 1, 2005 – appropriately, the fourth
anniversary of David Campbell’s death. Truly,
in this case, there is a direct connection of good coming
There is a shortage of specialists in mitochondrial medicine,
and the Fellowship that Dr. Willis is holding helps recruit
young doctors willing to take an interest in this specialty. Dr.
Willis’s training will revolve around three critical
areas of need.
First, Dr. Willis will be attending to patients at the
Clinic in San Diego. This has an immediate impact
on the families, as there is a six month wait for an appointment. Adding
Dr. Willis to the team increases the number of patients
who can be seen, and thus decreases that waiting period
for so many families.
Second, Dr. Willis will work by the side of the team in
the MMDC’s laboratory, learning to analyze samples
of patients from all over the United States who are suffering
with symptoms compatible to mitochondrial diseases. Dr.
Willis will learn to diagnose diseases occurring in those
Third, Dr. Willis will undertake her own original research
project in mitochondrial medicine. This is an exciting
element to the Fellowship, as all new research contributes
to the body of knowledge and helps in determining better
treatments for those who suffer.
Quarterly reports charting Dr. Willis’ progress
will be posted on our website over the next two years of
the David P. Campbell Memorial Fellowship in Mitochondrial
In addition to establishing the nation’s first-ever
clinical Fellow in Mitochondrial Medicine, Wish Upon a
Cure® continued its outreach efforts and was featured:
- On the cover of The Quill, a collegiate and
alumni magazine for Alpha Xi Delta National Fraternity. Wish
Upon a Cure® was included in the Spring 2005 issue
focusing on special needs children.
- COAST Magazine of Newport Beach, Calif. also
featured Wish Upon a Cure® in its May 2005 feature, “The
Village People,” a story about Orange County moms
who are building a place for all children. The
Wish Upon a Cure® Young Donors’ Club had their
picture included with the story!
Research grants totaling $35,000 were awarded to Robert
K. Naviaux, M.D., Ph.D. of the UCSD School of Medicine
and co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease
Center (MMDC). Dr. Naviaux continued his important
work in developing treatments for emerging mitochondrial
Also, we continued raising awareness of mitochondrial
disease through national outreach efforts and local fundraisers
in both San Diego and Orange County.
We raised over $60,000 in pledged and in-hand donations
at Wish Upon a Cure® Breakfast events in San Diego
in May and in Orange County in October. Other donations
were generated through activities led by members of the
Young Donors Club and the annual appeal campaign that was
mailed to interested households across the nation.
We furthered our efforts to establish
the very first clinical Fellowship in Mitochondrial and Metabolic
Disease in the United States. We raised over $80,000 in pledged donations
at our first Wish Upon a Cure breakfast in October 2003.
We began a twice-yearly newsletter to keep everyone informed about our
efforts, as well as the efforts of the physicians we
support. They are beginning to make significant advances,
and we want to share the hope that they bring.
We continued our highly successful national direct mail
program in November 2003.
Additionally, the David P. Campbell Foundation was selected
as the recipient charity of the Southern California ATA Taekwondo
Regional Tournament, on November 8, 2003.
We also continued our tradition of honoring what
would have been David’s 6th birthday with a Wish Upon
a Cure‘ Celebration event on Saturday, November 15,
In 2002, we officially formed the David P. Campbell Foundation
for Pediatric Mitochondrial Disease (with the help of the
Orange County Community Foundation), and our fundraising efforts
in 2002 totaled $75,000.
Other families joined in the cause to fight mitochondrial
disease, and their family and friends have become generous
Over 50 volunteers regularly gave of their time to David’s
charity, and over a thousand more stepped forward to contribute
to the battle.
Raising funds at this grass-roots
level is essential if mitochondrial diseases are to be cured.
These diseases do not currently attract the levels of funding
that would otherwise drive research efforts.
Our donors helped support a research scientist in the
Mitochondrial Disease Laboratory as he worked on developing
three new assays (tests) of mitochondrial activity. The funds
also provided biochemical supplies. All three assays were
completed by Fall 2002 and are currently being used in identifying
mitochondrial activity in children and adults in the U.S.
If you are interested in learning more, or would like to become
involved, just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.