Actress Chandra Wilson and other Grey’s Anatomy cast members ran for charity on Sunday, February 19, 2012. The event was in support of CureMito; an organization that specializes in finding a cure for and spreading awareness about mitochondrial disease.
The race hit home for Chandra whose daughter Sarina,17, suffers from the disease. Wilson states, “As a mother I don’t know anything medical. My daughter ‘presented’ something that looked like food poisoning. We went to the emergency room and she was hydrated there and that seemed to be enough. But a month later the exact same thing happened. The nausea part of it just wouldn’t stop. The pediatrician said it’s probably time to see a gastroenterologist because there must be something else going on.”
After several tests Sarina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease. Such diagnosis was the best news for Chandra as she explains, “It was like a Eureka moment. Now we could develop an action plan of things we could do to avoid an episode in case another one develops.”
Various cast members from Grey’s Anatomy came in support of Wilson and her daughter. Kim Raver said, “CureMito was my biggest inspiration, which definitely is what got me out here, supporting Chandra and her daughter Sarina. I think when you have something that you are running for, it really keeps you going and you want to make a difference for those kids.”
The Grey’s Anatomy star poses with her daughters Sarina and Joy,13, in the picture above. Chandra also has a younger son named Michael.
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