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!
Donnalee Whitaker spent her days making sure people who needed help got to their doctor’s appointments. Soon enough she’d be one of those very same people.
In 2015, Donnalee – a DART bus driver – was diagnosed with meningitis. After 10 days in the hospital, she was still feeling symptoms which sent her to a neurologist. The usual panel of tests were completed – including for myasthenia gravis – and all came back normal. Months later, an ocular palsy sent her to the University of Pennsylvania via her ophthalmologist where, finally, the myasthenia gravis diagnosis was made. It started as ocular MG and then was reclassified as general MG shortly after.
Once diagnosed, Donnalee began researching myasthenia gravis, and discovered the MG Walk in Delaware Valley. She dove right in, contacting the program leader and starting her team. She was committed, not only to raising funds and awareness for MG, but for giving her family an outlet to cope with her diagnosis. They rallied around her from getting sponsorships from her husband’s company to making T-shirts for her team, to walking with her on event day.
Today, Donnalee has taken her commitment and involvement in helping others in the MG Community even farther. Not only has she started up a support group in her community, but she takes every chance she can to talk about myasthenia gravis – whether at local events or by promoting her support group on her car. Her best friend Kevin has been such an integral part in helping with the new support group and her granddaughter is a huge light in her life, which inspires her to be strong every day!
As the 2018 Delaware Valley MG Walk Hero, Donnalee’s hopes to inspire those going through their own lives with MG to keep positive as you are navigating your MG journey. “You may get down and upset, but you have to keep going. We might have MG, but MG does not have us!”
Dr. Arnaudo is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology) and by the ABPN with added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology, and by the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM).
She is a member of professional organizations as the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.
Her main clinical interest focuses on providing expert opinion for patients suffering from neuromuscular diseases, including myasthenia gravis, motor neuron diseases, and peripheral neuropathies. She works with her neuromuscular patients to maintain their mobility and productivity through medical therapy and healthy lifestyle habits.
Use the following documents to help spread the world to your network and community about the upcoming Delaware Valley MG Walk!
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
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