Mighty Mito Superhero

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and 9-year-old Makenzie Lawrey and her 6-year-old brother, Gavin, come with an inspiring story for readers – of any age!

When Gavin was diagnosed in January 2012 with Mitochondrial, a life-threatening disease, his big sister Makenzie had a difficult time understanding what was wrong with him. She became determined to write a book to help educate other families, including those living with “Mito” too, about the disease, while also helping to raise funds for research toward a cure.


With some help from her mom, Brandi, Makenzie’s first children’s book, “Mighty Mito Superhero,” was born and the preteen self-published it via Amazon’s CreateSpace, making Gavin’s heroic story available to families around the world.

On a mission to save her little brother and others suffering from Mito, Makenzie is a little girl with BIG dreams. She wants the whole world to know what Mito is and the kinds of incredible superheroes kids with Mito are. She believes one day doctors will find a cure – and she’s already well on her way to realizing her goal of raising $1 million! Between sales from her self-published book and donations from others whom Gavin’s story has touched, Makenzie has raised nearly $40,000 for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), and counting….

Through countless Facebook messages and emails, families around the globe have reached out to Makenzie and her family, thanking them for sharing Gavin’s inspiring story and shedding light on the disease and praising Makenzie as a hero for helping her brother and others facing similar situations. But, to Makenzie, it’s her brother who’s the real hero. (She even dedicated her book to “my superhero brother, Gavin.”)


Every 30 minutes a child is born that will develop Mitochondrial disease – but Makenzie and her family are working to change that reality for the better. Through their efforts, the Lawrey family, which lives in Cape Coral, FL, continues to boost awareness and pave the way for a brighter day for kids and families affected by Mito. Makenzie will be a featured guest at an upcoming book signing at the UMDF’s Energy for Life Walkathon in Tampa on March 22.

I received this book and was going to just do a review but thought the info above was very important to share with you! This is an heart-warming and amazing story and I was very touched by reading it. This is a wonderful book for children and for parents to understand about these children and the illness they have. It’s also a very loving and hopeful story about the young boy, Gavin, who truly is a superhero! You can also learn more about the Lawrey family and Gavin’s journey here. The author chose Amazon’s CreateSpace to self-publish her book: http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Mito-Superhero-Makenzie-Lawrey/dp/149522435X

Self Disclosure: I received this book for free to facilitate this feature and any opinions expressed are honest and truthful. 


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