Stakz raising money for the Hadley Jo Foundation

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-A frozen yogurt shop in Bowling Green is helping to raise money to support research of a chronic, genetic disorder that currently has no treatment and no cure.

Stakz Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt will donate a portion of all purchases made on Tuesday to the Hadley Jo Foundation. The donations will help to fund the research of Mitochondrial disease.

More than 1,000 children are born with a Mitochondrial disease each year. Hadley Jo was one of those children. At just 2 ½ years old Jo was diagnosed with Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy, Type VIB.

A doctor in at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, is one of few specialists in the area researching the treatment. That’s when Hadley’s parents decided to take action.

They started the Hadley Jo Foundation to help raise funds that doctors research in hopes that it would benefit their daughter as well as other children.

Hadley’s mother says researchers are getting closer than ever to finding a cure.

“We were actually in Cincinnati for a six month follow up last week, and we were able to see the research that they were doing. They’re actually working in mice models now, and the treatment is working. Which means the mice are getting better. That’s the step before clinical trial,” said Ashley Brindley, president at Hadley Jo Foundation.

If you want to help out, head over to Stakz on Scottsville road from 10AM to 11PM on Tuesday, drop your receipt in the bowl at the register and a portion of those proceeds will benefit the Hadley Jo Foundation.