DUE TO THE WILDFIRES AND POOR AIR QUALITY, THE BAY AREA MG WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE ARE EXTENDING REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT SO THAT YOU CAN STILL GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS YEAR. FUNDRAISING PAGES ARE STILL OPEN.

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We are thrilled to announce that the
2018 Bay Area MG Walk Hero is…
Abby Kovalsky!


It was 1966, at 16 years old when Abby Kovalsky was first diagnosed with MG. Very little was known about it back then, and her MG progressed very quickly, keeping her in and out of the hospital for the first 5 years. At the time, she had been having slurred speech that would come and go and her eyes would droop. She was living on the east coast at the time, but was visiting her sister out west. She was swimming in the pool and when she couldn’t move her extremities, she nearly drowned. This was when she knew something was very wrong and sought out doctors to figure out the cause. She was diagnosed very quickly as the doctor she saw had done his residency at Mt. Sinai in NY, where they had a big MG clinic. The first five years after diagnosis were very hard and Abby had to be home schooled her senior year of college. She tried to go to college, but was so sick, she had to leave after a year and a half. Not able to take the winters on the east coast, she moved to California and started treatment with doctors out there. Whole she has had difficulties with finding the best and right treatment for her, she has never let anything stop her from pursuing her dreams. She eventually got her bachelors and then two master degrees at 27, one of which was in medical microbiology and immunology. She even found herself able to work and was doing work in an MG research lab, hoping to be the one to find the cure for what she was going through. Soon after she started to work at a facility helping people with disabilities and was encouraged to get her masters in social work, which she did…never letting MG stand in the way.

Since her diagnosis, Abby had always been involved with MG in one way or another, and so when she moved to LA she began to get involved with the support group and the beginning of the chapter there. She moved up to San Francisco and it was at her doctor’s office that she saw a flyer for the MG Walk and knew she wanted to get involved. She had done Walks before, having done the AIDS Walk for many years, and so was familiar with fundraising. And it certainly showed! In her involvement with the MG Walk, she has raised thousands of dollars and has been able to educate so many more people about myasthenia gravis.

As the Bay Area MG Walk Hero, Abby wants to inspire others to get involved. The MG Walk is a great way to help contribute to finding the cause and cure for MG and to help each other through our journeys. She knows just how scary it can be when first diagnosed, but because of the amazing efforts of the MGFA and the MG Community, more and more is being known about MG each year. She has seen how far things have come. She also hopes that those living with MG will not be ashamed of their disease. It’s ok to let others know what your needs are and when you may need help. It can be hard to learn on support, but it’s so important. We can learn so much from each other and keep our positivity and sense of humor to help us through!


SPREAD THE WORD!

Use the following documents to help spread the world to your network and community about the upcoming Bay Area MG Walk!

MG WALK POSTER – Bay Area 

MG WALK SOCIAL MEDIA BANNER – Bay Area


Not sure where to begin? Check out our fundraising tools to help you raise MG awareness and increase your fundraising!

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)
Info@MGWalk.org

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Goal: $30,000
90 percent raised
$25,322 raised so far
in Bay Area
$4,678 to go!

Updates

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.

2019 MG Walks are launching every day! Stay tuned for more cities.