Photo by Eilish Palmer / Contributing Photographer
Charity and Jimmy Luyet of Conway have four children, including Samuel, 5. He was diagnosed in 2011 with mitochondrial disease, which ranges in severity. Samuel’s disease affects his muscle tone and energy levels, as well his ability to tolerate heat. This week is National Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week. Charity said Samuel has been “a blessing to all our family” and always has a smile on his face. More information is available at www.umdf.org.