It was a great day of awareness, fundraising for important resources for those living with MG, and such great support in the MG Community. Keep the momentum going! All fundraising pages will remain open through December, so there is still time to reach all of our goals. Reach out to your family, friends, and coworkers and tell them all about your great experience at the Walk (be sure to show them all the photos!), and encourage them to support you. Follow up and thank all those that did donate, and please contact the MG Walk Team for any tips on post-event fundraising.
Thank you all for an amazing day, a great event, and for coming together and doing all we can to reach the ultimate finish line…a world without myasthenia gravis!
MG has been a very new journey for Kurt, having only experienced the symptoms that led to his diagnosis less than 2 years ago. He had been driving home from work, enjoying the warm sunny weather of a July day in 2016 when the sun caught his eye, causing him to flinch. It was this moment Kurt believes started all of his eye issues. Before he knew it, his eye was closing shut, and a couple of weeks later, when he was with his grandson at a local baseball game, he suddenly had a hard time seeing people and could only see shadows. Quickly after, the double vision started, and he visited his general practitioner for some answers. Unfortunately, his doctor didn’t know much about what was causing these symptoms, and the very next week his symptoms were so bad that Kurt found himself in the hospital. Here they did a number of tests and were able to determine that he did, in fact, have myasthenia gravis.
And, unfortunately, it’s been a very hard road since the start. He has started some different treatments and a few months ago started to see enough improvement that he was able to resume his job as a postal carrier. It can be a demanding job with MG, but he has been able to increase his hours and is doing much better.
Once he was diagnosed, his daughter Christine started to do her own research and came across the MG Walk in Southern Wisconsin last year. She took the reigns as team captain and got the entire family involved. As their cleverly named team “Simply the Betz”, they raised over $2,400 for the MG Walk in their first year. Kurt knows firsthand what it means to have a difficult time because of MG and what it means to need better treatment options and ultimately a cure. The entire family rallies for the MG Walk so they can do all they can to help in raising the money to fund those treatments and find the cure for all those living with myasthenia gravis.
Kurt is happy to be back again with his family as the 2018 Southern Wisconsin MG Walk Hero as they do their part in making a real, positive difference for the MG Community. Finally feeling better since his diagnosis, Kurt’s best advice to those going through their own journeys is to hang in there and stay positive. A year ago he thought he’d never be able to work again, but has been able to be back at work, even if it means he needs to start slow. He’s happy to continue taking big steps with his family and the MG Community on May 5!
Center for Neurological Disorders
Center for Neurological Disorders
Ascension | St. Francis Hospital
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On MG Walk Day, we gather to celebrate those we love who live with MG, commemorate the research we’ve helped to develop with funds raised!
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MG Walk Office
1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123
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