Join Bounce Energy in Raising Awareness for People Against Leigh Syndrome 

By Annie Weglicki, September 8, 2015, Charity & Community

Join Bounce Energy in Raising Awareness for People Against Leigh Syndrome  This September, Bounce Energy is proud to partner with People Against Leigh Syndrome (PALS), a Houston-based charity whose mission is to bring awareness, fund research initiatives, and support families impacted by to a rare mitochondrial disease called Leigh Syndrome. The disease is often diagnosed at infancy, causing muscular system failures and early loss of life to children who develop the disease.

PALS was formed in 2013 by the friends and family of William Martin, a Houstonian diagnosed with a progressive and fatal form of Leigh Syndrome. William “Will” Patrick Martin was born in 2009, and developed normally throughout his first year – laughing, crying, and crawling around the house. At his annual check up in 2010, his parents reported that he was able to move on the floor, but he was having trouble walking by himself. The doctor instructed that they return in 3 months, in which there was little improvement.

After a year of therapy and visiting specialists, Will was diagnosed with Leigh Syndrome, for which there is no cure or treatment. However, due to the strength and perseverance of the Martin family, their community and the establishment of PALS, William has continued to hit many developmental milestones and live happily with his parents.

In addition to helping families impacted by Leigh Syndrome and raising awareness of the disease, PALS has successfully established a partnership with the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence. In order to accelerate research and find a cure, PALS is sponsoring a dedicated researcher who works on a variety of projects surrounding this heartbreaking disease.

Throughout the month of September, you can help Bounce Energy and PALS in our fight against Leigh Syndrome by joining the Bounce Energy social media community. Bounce Energy has pledged to donate $2,500 to PALS as well as an additional 50 cents for each new Facebook “Like” and Twitter follower we gain throughout the month. With a simple click of your mouse, you can help us raise awareness for Leigh Syndrome and support finding a cure for young patients like William.

Join us in the fight against Leigh Syndrome by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information on PALS, visit

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Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Annie never dreamed she would end up in Houston, TX. But, she has absolutely loved it ever since she arrived in 2013. Annie currently manages social media and develops content for Bounce Energy. Before her career in content marketing, Annie spent several years in New York working in the fashion industry.

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