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 Office 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!

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We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Austin MG Walk Hero is…Shannon Williams!

Back in the Fall of 2015, Shannon was teaching high school when she started to notice that he speech was slurring as she taught. It was the first in a series of weird symptoms she experienced, but it wasn’t until June of the following year that she was actually able to get an answer as to why this was suddenly happening. When she first sought to figure what was going on, the first few doctors she saw really didn’t have a good grasp on what could be causing these symptoms. She had been dealing with migraines and, thinking her symptoms could be in line with that, told her neurologist all about what she was dealing with. He wasn’t able to draw any conclusions from what she told him, so referred her to a neuromuscular specialist, which is when she started getting closer to finding out what was wrong. Confident in that first appoint that it could be for MG, Shannon was tested and finally had a diagnosis 10 months later from the onset of her first symptoms.

It had been a hard time for her upon being first diagnosed, as is normal. Before June of 2016, she had no idea what MG was, and now it was something changing her whole world. She knew she needed to do something positive and do something that could really get the word out about what MG is, as there are still many people out there, including the first doctors she went to for help, that still don’t know what MG is and all that it entails. She learned of the MG Walks across the country from her neuromuscular specialist, she researched ones near her in Austin, and participated in her first MG Walk last year raising over $3,700.

The Walk became a way to have her entire support system rally behind her, especially as her diagnosis was fairly new around the time of the Walk. It has meant so much to have her family and friends and entire support system come together for her, as she knows this would be a very hard thing to deal with alone. As the 2017 Austin MG Walk Hero, she hopes to keep spreading the word and raising the funds that are helping so many people living with MG. It is her hope that as we spread awareness, educate ourselves more, and raise funds for more and better treatments, that those living with MG will be diagnosed much quicker than she was, and have hope that one day there will be a cure.

Shannon knows first-hand that MG can be a rollercoaster ride, with lots of highs, but also lows. She hopes to inspire those living with MG to keep having a positive outlook. When days are rough, know that it won’t always be this way and there will be good days ahead. Even though it can be shock at initial diagnosis, know that there are so many treatments out there to help improve your quality of life now, and as we keep working together, we’ll continue to see advancements. Shannon has also been diagnosed in remission as of this past August and looks forward to working hard so those living with MG can see positive outcomes as she has, and one day a cure.

Thank you to our 2017 Austin MG Walk Medical Ambassadors!


 Dr. Adam Horvit
Central Texas Neurology Consultants

Dr. Horvit specializes in the evaluation and of treatment of neuromuscular disorders such as peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Charcot-Marie-Tooth, myopathies and more. Dr. Horvit also has expertise in the use of electromyography and nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS) in the evaluation of neuromuscular disease.

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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!

Share your fundraising page and links to donate via email and on your social media accounts. If you have checks or cash funds to turn in, please let us know and we can help you add them to your fundraising page. Checks may be mailed to the address below. Please be sure you’ve written your team name in the memo field!

MG Walk Office
1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123

If you have questions or want to know more, contact us today:
1-855.MG.Walks (1-855.649.2557)

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Goal: $15,000
10 percent raised
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in Austin
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Checks should be mailed to:

MG Walk Office 1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200 Elgin, IL 60123
Please include the participant, team, and Walk location in the memo section.