Air show Oct. 8 to benefit UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence

Event dedicated to Cooper Knight helps raise awareness of devastating disease

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Cooper Knight, 4, died from mitochondrial disease. A memorial air show benefiting a UTHealth/Children’s Memorial Hermann clinic will be held Oct. 8, 2011.

Cooper Knight, 4, died from mitochondrial disease. A memorial air show benefiting a UTHealth/Children’s Memorial Hermann clinic will be held Oct. 8, 2011.

HOUSTON – (Sept. 15, 2011) – Cooper Knight, who loved airplanes and his little Jeep, was just 4 years old when he lost his life to mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that prevents the body from turning food into the energy it needs to power everything from the heartbeat to the digestive system. He was cherished by his family, friends and airplane enthusiasts who began this air show to raise money for an organ transplant he needed. He was also incredibly special to the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was treated by a team led by Mary Kay Koenig, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric neurology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

WHAT:

Third annual Cooper Knight Memorial Static Air Show, including military planes, vintage aircraft, flyovers, kids’ events and airplane and helicopter rides. Admission is free. Auction items are available for bid.

WHEN:

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

WHO:

Mary Kay Koenig, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric neurology and director of the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital; families of children with mitochondrial disease.

WHERE:

David Wayne Hooks Airport, 20803 Stuebner Airline Road at FM 2920, Spring, TX 77379

WHY:

Learn more about mitochondrial disease and support the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence, one of just a handful of clinics in the country devoted to research and treatment of mitochondrial disease.

Deborah Mann Lake
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030