Walk Your Way to Fitness and Fight Mitochondrial Disease

Apr 13, 2015

Benzer Pharmacy, joined the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation of Louisiana, in a walk to fight mitochondrial disease in this year’s Energy for Life Walkathon on April 11, 2015. 

The 1-mile walk route begun at Airline High School at 7:00 am. The aim of the walk was to raise funds and awareness for those who are fighting mitochondrial diseases in the area. 

Benzer Pharmacy, one of the sponsors for the event, joined the local community to spread the word and raise money for research towards a cure. 

Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. 

If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common.

This year, the funds collected will help promote research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders and to provide support to affected individuals and families.

“Research indicates 1 in every 200 people carry the mutation that could develop into a mitochondrial disease,” says Kelly Burns, a pharmacist at Benzer Pharmacy located at 4160 Airline Dr. Bossier City, LA 71111. Kelly signed up and built a team to help raise funds for the walkathon.

Whenever there is a need in the community, Benzer Pharmacy strives to step forward and lead the way to a better, happier and healthier tomorrow. Get Better with Benzer!


Benzer Pharmacy, formerly known as Rx Care Pharmacy, is a chain of independent retail pharmacies specializing in compound and specialty medications. Benzer Pharmacy focuses on the customer’s needs by offering over-the-counter products, health consultations, and personalized care. With over 40 locations throughout Florida, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas, Benzer Pharmacy is dedicated to improving the health of its customers and strives to exceed customer’s expectations by providing convenient access to personalized pharmaceutical services. For more information: http://www.benzerpharmacy.com 


Emah Madegwa 
Media & PR Manager 
Benzer Pharmacy 
Ph (813) 867-4406