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 the 2017 Hawaii MG Walk Hero is…John Martin!

John is very new to the MG community as he was only first diagnosed with myasthenia gravis 2 years ago. He had been experiencing a common first symptom which was double vision. It got to the point where he had a hard time driving and a hard time walking because his depth perception was so off. He went to get his eyes checked, but the doctor just couldn’t figure out what was going on. Luckily for John, his wife, who works as a nurse, was talking with Dr. Rao, a neurologist at Wilcox Hospital and told him what was going on with John. After an initial meeting with, Dr. Rao had a pretty good idea that John was experiencing MG, and after a couple of tests, his diagnosis was confirmed. Today, John is on a regimen of medication that has his MG under control, and he’s ready to get involved in bringing more awareness to Hawaii.

It was last year that John connected with Paula McGinnis. Paula vacations a lot of Hawaii and realized that there were patients of MG, such as herself, living on Kauai. Having created a successful Walk the last few years in Metropolis, IL, she was ready to do the same in Hawaii. She and her friend connected with John, who is the security and permit coordinator for the Parks and Rec department, to talk about the date and location of this new Walk. It was at this time, she learned John had MG as well, and this was the first time John had ever really met anyone who was living with myasthenia gravis.

Before his diagnosis, John knew nothing about MG, and realized there were many on the islands who don’t seem to really know about it too. As the Hawaii MG Walk Hero, he hopes to change that. He wants more people to know about myasthenia gravis and have more information about it so that it can lead to a quicker diagnosis, better treatments, and ultimately a cure. There may be a small number of people who know they have MG, but John hopes that the Walk will bring more light to MG and what it is so that others will know there is help, especially if they are just starting to experience symptoms.  He is so excited to be a large part in making this Walk a reality and bring much needed awareness and education to the islands.

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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

If you have questions or want to know more, contact us today:
1-855.MG.Walks (1-855.649.2557)

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Kapaa Beach Park

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Kapaa Beach Park 22.075748, -159.316918

Goal: $10,000
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Checks may be mailed to the address below:
MG Walk Office 1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200 Elgin, IL 60123
Please include the participant, team, and Walk location in the memo section.