THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THE 2017 GEORGIA MG WALK!

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!

Check out all the great photos and relive the memories of a great Walk!

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We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Georgia MG Walk Hero is…Lori Whitfield!
 


MG was a diagnosis that came later in life to Lori. It was back in 2000, when she was working as a receptionist and started to feel much more tired than usual. She had set up a routine eye exam and mentioned this in her appointment, as well as the fact that she found it difficult to see the switchboard at work. When her doctor finished the exam, MG was suspected, but to be sure, Lori was sent to a neurologist who suspected the same thing and sent her to someone who knew more about myasthenia gravis. Here she was given a blood test and a Tensilon test. Lori knew at this point there was really something wrong, as she could barely walk into the test. It did, however, confirm that she had myasthenia gravis, and was diagnosed with both ocular and generalized MG.

With all of this going on, Lori started to do a lot of research on her diagnosis and read everything she could about her diagnosis. Her oldest daughter, Shannon, did the same thing, and was the one who came across the MG Walk for the first time. The entire family gets together, including Lori’s husband, 3 kids, and all of their families, with Shannon as team captain, for the Walk. Since joining in 2013, they have raised $16,200. The Whitfields will continue to come together for the Georgia Walk, because they so badly want a cure to be found. Lori, who will be 70 this March, was diagnosed later in her life, but it just breaks her heart to see younger generations and children having to deal with all that MG brings. She doesn’t want to see this disease rob young people of their energy or affect their lifestyles at a time when they should enjoy being active in their lives. They will continue to come out, and keep raising the funds much needed for those living with MG.

To those going through their own diagnoses, Lori reminds you to never give up. Don’t let this disease define who you are. You may have MG, but it does not have you. Cherish the days you don’t have flare-ups, and rest on the days where it does happen. Go to the support groups, be yourself, share your experience with others, and learn from the experience of others on different ways to cope.

Lori is so excited to be the 2017 Georgia MG Walk Hero! She thanks God and her family for all of their amazing support, and her husband for being her best friend and the best caregiver. She is “blessed with the best” and looks forward to the success the Georgia Walk will bring to the MG community!


Meet our 2017 Georgia MG Walk Medical Chair…Dr. Gavin Brown!
 


Gavin F. Brown, M.D. was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He went to Southern Methodist University, where he majored in Psychology with departmental distinction, and graduated cum laude. He attended medical school at the University of Texas, graduating in 2005. Following this, he moved to Atlanta for Neurology residency training at Emory University. Gavin was chief resident during his final year of residency, after which he stayed at Emory for an additional year of neuromuscular fellowship training. Upon completion of training, he spent 2 years in private practice, followed by 2 years back at Emory as an Assistant Professor of Neurology.  In 2014, Gavin joined the Laureate Medical Group and Northside Hospital, where he proudly works today.

Dr. Brown serves as the Medical Director of Neurology for the Northside Healthcare System, and as Stroke Director for Northside Cherokee Hospital. His areas of expertise within neurology include neuromuscular disease, stroke, and dementia.

Gavin is blessed share his life with Beth Halpern-Brown. They live in in Buckhead with 6 year-old son Zachary and 3 year-old daughter Zoe. When not working, he spends every free minute with his family, and enjoys listening to many different kinds of music. A little known fact is that he used to play the trumpet competitively.


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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Thank you to our sponsors!
 

Goal: $40,000
100 percent raised
$40,898 raised so far
in Georgia
CONGRATULATIONS!

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.