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!
Back in October of 2007, Mike was a 24 year old in the middle of his graduate coursework in mechanical engineering at West Virginia University. He was very athletic and worked out a lot during this time, but soon he started to notice he had become extremely weak on the bench press. His concern grew even more when he woke up one morning and his eye was completely shut. He immediately knew something was wrong and went to the ER, but he was originally asked a few times if he was taking drugs. Mike had to convince the doctors this was definitely not the case, and the stress from his ordeal in the ER led to rapid worsening of his symptoms 10 days later…to the point where he could barely even walk. Mike sought out help at the University of Pennsylvania where they did a lot of blood work and tests for autoimmune diseases, and felt confident of their diagnosis of myasthenia gravis on that first visit. The first year with MG was the worst he has ever experienced. Luckily Mike has responded well to treatments and has developed a routine to keep his MG issues minimal 10 years later. Even when he has relapses, none have been as bad as it was that first year.
It took Mike a while to first open up about his diagnosis and all he was going through, having never really talked about it or gotten involved in any way for the first 3 years. When the MGFA annual conference came close to him in Baltimore, it was the first time he found himself in a room with over 100 people living with MG and the first time where he didn’t feel like he was alone. It was at that moment, he knew he wanted to take his involvement with the cause to the next level and has been to every conference since, learning all the ways he could up his participation. It was at the conference where he first learned of the MG Walk in Delaware Valley, and now he has become an integral part of growing the Walk and growing the outreach about MG in Gettysburg and Central PA. The funding that the MG Walk brings in to help fund resources, better treatments, and education to result in quicker diagnosis is just so important in getting us to a world without MG. Funding and awareness has to happen, and Mike is working hard to continue rallying others to get involved and be a part of the solution. As someone who continues to share his knowledge and experiences, he knows how important it was for him to hear all that firsthand from others, and the MG Walk is a great place to connect those living with MG to learn from one another.
Mike is excited to be at the first ever MG Walk in Gettysburg and excited to continue empowering the MG Community all across the country!
Dr. Harmanpreet Tiwana is currently a third year neurology resident at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. A graduate of Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital in Punjab, India, she has also had clinical experience at Elite Family Health in Indiana, clinical experience in Internal Medicine at Perry Point VA Medical Center at University of Maryland, an elective in cardiology at Icahn School of Medicine in Manhattan, and also held an residency Internal Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center before becoming part of the neurology department. Dr, Tiwana is a member of the American Association of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic medicine. She is happy to be more involved with the MG Walk and excited to take part in the Gettysburg MG Walk on Oct. 7!
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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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