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Amanda's Journey Foundation: Calendar

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Central Park Pavillion

2017 Walk for Mito - 11am Registration, 12pm Walk

Schenectady, New York [map]

2017 To the Moon and Back for Mito

The Mito Walk in memory of Amanda Perrotta is back, this year in September! Live music, karaoke, raffle, and a playground for the kids. Registration begins at 11am, the walk is from 12pm to 1pm.


Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Central Park Pavilion

2016 Walk For Mito - 11 a.m. Registration, Noon walk

Schenectady N.Y. [map]

"To the Moon and Back! 2016 Walk for Mito"

Karaoke with D.J. Drew, live music with Lost Radio Rounders, the Albany Med Genetics Team, raffles, 50-50 drawing, Cassidy's Candles, a playground for the Kids. Great fun for a great cause in Schenectady's Central Park!


Saturday, October 17th, 2015

"To the Moon and Back"

2015 Walk for Mito - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Central Park Pavilion
Schenectady, New York [map]

The Mito Walk in memory of Amanda Perrotta is back, this year in October! Live music, karaoke, and a playground for the kids. Registration begins at 10, the walk is from 11 to 1.

Click link for printable forms:


Saturday, September 13th, 2014

"To the Moon & Back for Mito Walk" 2014

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Central Park Pavilion
Schenectady N.Y. [map]

Our annual walk raises vital funds for local "Mito Kids" and their caregivers. Please join us for a fun and information filled Saturday in September. Live music, karoke, a terrific kids playground and beautiful walking trails by the lake. The genetics team from Albany Medical Center will be on hand as well.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., walk at 11 a.m. Fun 'til 1!

View & print the Walk related forms & flyer below:


Friday, April 25th, 2014

McKownville United Methodist Church

Banjo Gospel, Part 2 - 7 p.m

1565 Western Avenue
Albany New York 12203
518-456-1148 [map]
Price: Free, donations accepted

Thanks to McKownville U.M.C.'s Fellowship & Growth Team, donations will be accepted at this concert to benefit the Amanda's Journey Foundation.

Lost Radio Rounders will appear with John Borst on guitar & vocals, Paul Jossman on Banjo, Mike Kelley on banjo uke & piano, and Greg Haymes on percussion & harmonica. There will likely be brief appearances by Amaal Yehia (vocals) and Pastor Steve Butler (bass).

Be forewarned: there will be bad banjo jokes!

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

AJF Benefit Concert

Caffe Lena - 2 p.m.

47 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs New York 12866
US 518-583-0022 [map]
Price: $18 1-800-838-3006

Upstate New York's most famous folk music venue hosts a concert to benfit AJF. Please note: Caffe Lena is locatated on the second floor of an historic building in Saratoga Springs, NY and has no wheelchair access. AJF apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, but is grateful to the Caffe for hosting this event.


Fronted by singer/songwriters Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy LeCuyer, The Nellies present a terrific mix of originals and covers in the American roots music tradition. Nationally renowned dobro ace Kevin Maul and upright bassist Gene Lemme round out the core of a Nellies lineup which possesses both musical skill and a fun loving stage presence.


By turns intelligent, soulful, melodic and melancholy, acoustic singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos is one of Capital Region’s most honest and eloquent artists. His wide-ranging influences share a common foundation in American blues and roots music, but his sound is very much his own.

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

"To The Moon & Back" Gala

Moscatiello's Restaurant - 6 pm to 9 pm

99 North Greenbush Road
Troy New York 12180
Price: $40, $75 per couple

An event to celebrate the first five years of work by the Amanda's Journey Foundation!

Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, Florida vacation raffle, iPad raffle, tributes to local Mito families, guest speakers and emcee Rich Becker.

Limited seating. Invitations will be sent to the AJF mailing list, or contact us at . 

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

2nd Annual Mitochondrial Disease Symposium

Sponsored by Mito Hope & Help and A.M.C. - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn
Albany New York [map]

AJF's Jacki Perrotta will speaking at this event, and medical advances will be discussed. For more information about the event contact Cathy Lafond-Evans at http// .


Sunday, September 29th, 2013

2013 Walk For Mito

"To The Moon & Back" - Registration - Noon, Walk - 1 pm

Central Park pavillion
Schenectady New York 12304

Join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year, it's always a great family day! Live music, the Genetics Team from Albany Med, a 50-50 raffle and more.

Click here for a walker registration form:

Click here for a personal sponsor form:

Click here of you can help us with corporate sonsorship:


Friday, February 15th, 2013

Benefit for the Sherman Family

McKownville United Methodist Church - 7 p.m.

1565 Western Avenue
Albany New York 12203
518-456-1148 [map]
Price: Free, donations encouraged!


The Old Chapel at McKownville U.M.C. plays host to a concert by the acoustic duo Lost Radio Rounders. This concert will benefit the family of Isabelle "Baby Izzy" Sherman as they continue to deal with the devastating effects of their daughter's Mitochonrial Disease.

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

The Queensbury Hotel

Chronicle Book Fair - 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

88 Ridge Street
Glens Falls New York 12801
(518) 792-1761 [map]

AJF will return to this wonderful event in Queensbury and promote "Amazing Amanda". Jacki will be speaking, stay tuned for more details.


Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Wm. Diedrick Park, Snyder's Lake

Mito Family Fun Day - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Geiser Road
North Greenbush New York [map]
Price: $5 adults, $3 kids 10 & under

A carnival themed day of family fun. Proceeds will help the Amanda's Journey Foundation assist children with Mitochrondrial diseases and their caregivers. Games, food, a dunking booth, live music, sumo suit wrestling, silent auction, clowns, face painting, balloon animals,  and much, much, more. All at beautiful Snyder's Lake.

10:00 a.m. LOST RADIO ROUNDERS - Acoustic American "roots" music.
11:15 a.m. M.R. POULOPOULOS - Tanented singer-songwriter.
12:15 a.m. FRANK JAKLITSCH - The "Songman" plays an incredible variety of covers & originals.
1:15 p.m    PEGGY LECUYER & KEVIN MAUL - Songs for kids and adults alike.
2:00 p.m.   Florida Vacation Raffle Drawing - Visit the AJF Facebook page for details.
2:15 p.m.   THE CHAPMANS - Wonderful originals and covers from this father/daughter duo.
3:00 p.m.   Silent Auction high bidders announced.
3:25 p.m.   More music!


Friday, May 18th, 2012

McKownville United Methodist Church

Benefit Concert for Amanda's Journey - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

1565 Western Avenue
Albany New York 12203
518-456-1148 [map]
Price: Free, donations accepted

Lost Radio Rounders with friends Greg Haymes and Bobby Long will present two sets of old time acoustic gospel songs to benefit Amanda's Journey. AJF representitives will be on hand to talk about Mito and the work the foundation is doing. It's sure to be a fun night and all are welcome!


Sunday, November 6th, 2011

The Queensbury Hotel

The Chronicle Book Fair - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

88 Ridge Street
Glens Falls New York 12801
(518) 792-1761 [map]
Price: Free


AJF will have a table at this event, and Jackie will speak about Amanda and her journals. The event is free of charge and open to the public!

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Wolf's 111 Restaurant

PKU/Mito Benefit - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

111 Wolf Road
Albany New York 12205
Price: $20 ticket includes 1 drink, app

Chrissy Borden-Burniche has put together this benefit to assist the Amanda's Journey Foundation. There will be food, drink, games, live music from Calico HotRod (, a 50-50 drawing, a chinese auction and a whole lot of fun.

For all the details, and to order advanced tickets, click here:


Saturday, September 24th, 2011

The Crossings of Colonie Park

3rd Annual Remembrance Walk - 10 am to 2 pm

580 Albany Shaker Rd
Loudonville New York 12211
US [map]

Please come join us for a wonderful family day, at the beautiful Crossings of Colonie! Help Amanda's Journey Foundation to support families and individuals who are currently battling Mitochondrial Disease, and remember those we have lost!                                    


Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center

UMDF Presents Mitochondrial Medicine 2011

Schaumburg Illinois [map]

June 15th through June 18th the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation will hold it's national conference just outside Chicago. AJF will send thrre volunteers to promote our organization and gather the latest info on Mito.

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Mito Awareness Day (at Oakwood Bible Church)

The 3rd Annual Mito Awareness Day - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

260 Oakwood Avenue
Troy New York 12182

For a printable registration form click here:

9:00 – 9:30
Registration and socialization. Continental breakfast will be available.

9:30 - 10:00
Welcome and announcements: Carmelina Morrison, Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation; Jacki Perrotta, Amanda’s Journey Foundation

10:00 – 10:30 First  Session

Complimentary health professions panel:
The Oley Foundation - nutrition support services and body work - things you maynot have thought about.

OT:  Mimi O’Connor 

10:30 – 10:45 Stretch break and Exhibitor room visits.

10:45 – 11:30      Second Session
Kayt Marra, CD-N   Nutritionist
"It's just good nutrition - the carb connection"

11:30 - 12:30       Lunch

12:30 – 1:00      Third SessionAlice  Houghtaling, MA
Pediatric Palliative Care Chaplin
Pastoral care – Caring for the wounded spirits, patient & family

1:00 – 1:30        Fourth session
Cathy LaFond Evans - "Mito Hope and Help"

1:30 – 2:00      Fifth Session
Darius J. Adams, MD
Medical home model, Medical History on a zip drive

2:00 – 2:30  Closing remarks by Carmelina Morrison & Jacki Perrotta


Saturday, March 5th, 2011

BOWL-A-THON at Uncle Sam Lanes

AJF Bowl-a-thon - 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. sessions

600 Fulton Street
Troy New York 12180
Price: $10 child - $15 adult - $50 team

Help put the "fun" in fundraising! Sign up for the AJF Bowl-a-thon at .


Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Oakwood Bible Church

Private Event - 5 p.m.

Troy New York [map]

Jacki Perrotta will speak at the O.B.C. Fall Ladies Dinner.



Thursday, October 14th, 2010

William K. Sanford Town Library

6:30 pm

629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville New York 12211
Price: Free

Jacqueline Perrotta of the Amanda's Journey Foundation will speak about her daughter's book, "Amazing Amanda: My Journey Through Mito". Rensselaer County teen Amanda Perrotta journaled about her joys and trials in the two years following a devastating diagnosis of Mitochrondrial Depleteion Syndrome.


"Amazing Amanda: My Journey Through Mito" recounts how a local teen showed others accross the U.S. that they could live with chronic medical issues in a positive way. It is the inspiring true story of a girl who found her mission in life on the day she was diagnosed with a terminal illness.   

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The Crossings of Colonie

Remembrance Walk for Amanda Perrotta - 10:00 - 2:00

580 Albany Shaker Rd
Loudonville New York 12211
US [map]
Price: Free

A full day of fun for the entire family:  live music, food, speakers, raffles, walk and vendors.
To view a printable flyer on the event click here: walk_2010_flyer.pdf


Folks interested in walking, or sponsoring walkers, should check out theses forms:


Interested in being a vendor?

The music schedule is as follows:

Frank Jaklitsch - 10am to 10:40

Almost Awake - 10:50 to 11:30
Carolyn Perrotta & Emily Zeh - 11:40 to Noon

The walk starts at Noon, and Lost Radio Rounders will play at 12:10.


Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Mito Awareness Day

2nd Annual Mito Awareness Day - 10:00 am

260 Oakwood Avenue
Troy New York 12182

The 2nd Annual Mito Awareness Day will be jointly hosted by The Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation and Amanda's Journey Foundation.  Scheduled presenters include:

Dr. Darius Adams of Albany Medical Center
Kayt Marra, CD-N, Nutritionist
John Nash, NSW
Brian Sheridan, MD
Cheryl Malone, RN, Make A Wish
Kathyrn Malle Sipos, a Mito parent
Michele Juda & Ruth Walden, Family Voices
Cathy Evans & Nicole Oehler, Adult Mito forum


Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

East Greenbush Community Library

7 p.m.

10 Community Way
East Greenbush New York 12061
(518) 477-7476 [map]
Price: Free

Jacki Perrotta will speak about her daughter's book "Amazing Amanda: My Journey Through Mito". She will also show a video created by Amanda, and play audio excerpts from the book. A question and answer session will follow.


Sunday, September 13th, 2009

The Crossings of Colonie

Remembrance Walk For Amanda Perrotta - 1 p.m.

580 Albany Shaker Rd
Loudonville New York 12211
US [map]
Price: Free

Come celebrate the life of one amazing teen and walk to raise funds to assist U.M.D.F., the Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation, and Amanda's Journey.


Happy the Clown & balloon animals, face paintng, raflfe prizes, music from Almost Awake and Lost Radio Rounders, and speakers including Dr. Darius Adams of the Albany Medical Center. If you can't be there, please sponsor one our walkers!

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

North Greenbush Town Beach

Amanda's Journey Family Fun Day - Noon-7p.m.

Snyders Lake
New York [map]
Price: Free

Please join us at Synders Lake for this wonderful event, there's hardy enough room to tell you everything but there will be:

A silent by DJ Tony...a Mito information music by Frank Jaklitsch...chicken barbeque dinner by Stuies ($20) music by The Gospel Train...Happy the Clown and balloon music by The BLiSTeRz...face painting by Miss music from Ophelia Smiles...Caricatures by music by Cooper and music from Avon table...a Premier Jewelry table...popcorn, snow cones, lollipops, gourmet dips and drinks!


All of this to assist the Perrotta family with their mounting medical expenses, and to show Amanda our love!. We hope to see you there!   

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