Myasthenia Gravis (MG) affects people of any age, race or gender. On October 13, those affected by MG, their caregivers, physicians and families, will gather and walk to raise awareness and funds. Proceeds from the walk will go to support the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA). The MGFA is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated solely to the fight against the disease and to serving those affected by it.
At the Southern Illinois MG Walk, many have made a major contribution to making the world aware of myasthenia gravis and contributing to MG research and patient programs. Organizers are requesting that walkers wear their t-shirt, talk about the Walk, and help raise funds towards the mission of the MGFA. Please help them spread the word about MG and the MG Walk.
“My patients, fellow physicians, nurses and staff at the Laureate Medical Group and Northside Hospital have all embraced what the MG Walk means to the MG community,” said Gavin Brown, 2018 National MG Walk Medical Ambassador. “Each year I am honored to walk alongside the many persons with MG and their family and friends. I strongly encourage the MG medical community from around the country to support this event.”
Check-In/Registration will begin at 9am at Washington Park in Metropolis, Illinois. The walk begins at 10am.
Funds raised by the MG Walk Campaign are vital in making the MGFA’s vision of “a world free of myasthenia gravis” come to life. The National MG Walk Campaign is celebrating their 8th year. Funds raised help to support research initiatives, advocacy efforts, programs and services, and resources for those living with MG and their families.
The most common form of MG is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups, and can affect muscles that control eye movements, eyelids, chewing, swallowing, coughing and facial expression as well as the arms and legs. MG can also affect breathing.
The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) uses the funds raised from the MGWalk for research they hope will lead to a cure for myasthenia gravis and closely related disorders. MGFA is working to improve treatment options, as swell as providing information and support to people with MG. They do this through research, education, community programs, and advocacy.
To learn more about what you can do for MG Awareness, visit the MGFA website at myasthenia.org