February marks two special occasions for the Autosomal Dominant Optic Atrophy Association
(ADOAA). The first is that February is Low Vision Awareness Month, which is a crucial time
for organizations such as ADOAA to raise awareness and understanding of the various diseases
that cause low vision. This effort to raise awareness is especially important for ADOAA towards
the end of the month, on Rare Disease Day which occurs annually on the last day of February.
ADOA is a rare disease that causes low vision, and even sometimes complete vision loss,
beginning in childhood. This condition is autosomally inherited by an individual and affects the
optic nerves. The vision loss is due to mitochondrial dysfunction, which facilitates the death of
optic nerve fibers. Once damaged, the affected nerve fibers can no longer transmit visual
information to the brain.
ADOA is a disease that strikes the youth. It is typically diagnosed between the ages of four and
six, though there have even been signs of the disease recorded in children as young as one year
old. And by the time a person with ADOA has reached adolescence, the severity of the disease
that they are experiencing at that time is what they will experience for the rest of their adult life.
There is currently no confirmed treatment or cure for the disease.
ADOAA is dedicated to raising awareness for this and other rare mitochondrial diseases, as well
as raising money to fund the research for treatments and a cure. In order to make the important
month of February last a little bit longer and continue this critical effort to inform the public and
support further research, ADOAA will be hosting a March-a-Palooza event on March 13, 2020 in
Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Come join us for free food, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and more!
There will even be performances by a few of our favorite bands, including Family Ties, Dixie
Chicken, Grey Valley, Rocky Allen, and Noah Caputo.
When: Mar 13, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Where: Genetti Hotel & Suites, Williamsport, PA 17701
Get your ticket today on the ADOAA website. General admission is $20, and children 12 years
of age and under are free. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards ADOA and
mitochondrial research. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with us and put your money toward a
good cause! For more information and to stay informed, visit our website and follow us on
We hope to see you in March!