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 the 2017 Chicagoland MG Walk Hero is…Terri Rowe!

When Terri was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis back in March of 2011, it was actually by accident. She had been dealing with cluster headaches at this time and a scan had shown she had an aneurysm. She was also experiencing sagging in her face and was constantly tired. When another scan was done, they ended up including her neck and chest this time around, which is when the vascular surgeon, who was never convinced her symptoms were being caused by the aneurysm, saw that it could be MG. Terri was referred to a neurologist who confirmed with the Tensilon test that she did indeed have myasthenia gravis.

Even though she had a medical background, this was all new territory for Terri, and so she started to do all the research she possibly could. She wanted to know everything. She also wanted to find out what type of support was out there and came across more people in the MG community on Facebook. And, it was through her search for support that she also learned of the MG Walk. She and her team have been an integral part of the Walk ever since.

At the 2014 MG Walk, she was participating, having walked the route just fine, when at about 400ft from the finish line, her legs started to give out. It was at that moment that two of her friends, who also have MG, stood on both sides of her and made sure she finished by helping her across the finish line. And this is the kind of the support you see in the MG Community.

As the Chicagoland MG Walk Hero, the first piece of advice Terri gives is to seek out that support. It’s so important to find others out there that you can lean on for advice, or lean on to cross that finish line. Having your family as a real support is also very key. Terri’s daughter was actually one of her strongest advocates, making sure her mother received the best care that was out there and her family has been there for her every step of the way.

Being a part of the MG Walk has really been a positive way for Terri and her family to keep spreading the word, educating others, making sure more doctors know of the disease so that diagnoses can come quicker and that more improved treatments will become available. It’s also a chance to inspire those going through this disease to know that they are not alone. And, even if there are days when you feel low, you have to get up and keep on fighting. Keep learning more, keep educating others on MG, and keep getting involved to raise the important funds that help provide resources for the MG Community and ultimately will lead us in finding a cure.

Terri’s looking forward to walking and raising funds with everyone at the Chicagoland MG Walk this year, walking beside her true heroes, her family and friends.

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: $25,000
10 percent raised
$0 raised so far
in Chicagoland
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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.