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 our 2017 Bay Area MG Walk Hero is…Jessica Milanes!

Jessica was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis about 11 years ago when she was only 13 years old. As are many children at that age, Jessica was a very athletic teenager, active in basketball and also had earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She started to notice common symptoms of MG, such as trouble chewing and swallowing and difficulty breathing, though she had no idea what the cause was at the time. Her primary care physician sent her to a neurologist who diagnosed her very quickly with MG, though didn’t treat it effectively enough. After ending up in the ICU, she found a neurologist who was able to help her get her MG under control. Jessica went off to college in Los Angeles experiencing little to no symptoms for a while, and was even able to travel abroad to study in Italy during that time. Unfortunately, once she graduated back in 2014, she started to have some bad relapses that landed her in the hospital close to ten times in the last few years. It became a time when she really started to find out what medications and treatments worked for her, and which didn’t, and now she is doing much better compared to the last few years.

Though she was diagnosed back in 2006, it wasn’t until last year that Jessica met anyone else who was living with Myasthenia Gravis. She started to do more research into what resources were available to people with MG and was able to find the support group at Stanford, which eventually introduced her to the MG Walk. 2016 was her first time participating in the Bay Area MG Walk where, despite the rain that occurred that year, she had a huge team of nearly 30 participants made up of her family, friends, and coworkers. Together that year they raised $2,650!

As the 2017 Bay Area MG Walk Hero, Jessica hopes to inspire those living with MG to continue to be optimistic. Take the time to really understand your body and know that if you need to make some modifications in your daily life, that’s ok. Just because you feel bad today does not mean you will feel that way always, so do your best to not get discouraged, and be sure to lean on your support system. MG can be frustrating from many standpoints, but it is exciting to see all the new treatments and medical advancements that are being made. There may be no cure now, but with each and every step we take, with each dollar raised, with each spoken or written word about MG, we get closer and closer to that ultimate goal. Continue to talk about it, continue to educate others, and continue to raise the funds that will help those living with MG and their families.

Jessica knows that with MG you are not alone, and it’s important to assemble a team to receive the best care. To conclude Jessica’s story is a personal thank you: I would like to send a special thank you to all of my doctors, especially my neurologist, Dr. Jonathan Katz, who has been with me through my entire MG journey, all the amazing and hard working doctors and nurses at Mills Peninsula Hospital, the CPMC Pacific Campus, and the Mills Infusion Center, the nurses at DaVita Dialysis who have come to the hospital at all hours to give me my plasmapheresis treatments, and especially my outpatient nurse, Ferdinand Lee.  I’d also like to thank my boss, Alex Su, who has been extremely supportive of me throughout my relapse, my family at Tpumps, and, of course, all of my family and friends who have been by my side.  I am humbled by all the love and support I have received from all of these people, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them!

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)

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Goal: $30,000
10 percent raised
$0 raised so far
in Bay Area
$30,000 to go!

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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.