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!
David Bolger was diagnosed much later in life with MG, starting his journey back in 2014 at the age of 74. It started with only the symptom of droopy eyelids which led David to get checked out by his eye doctor and, from there, was referred to an eye surgeon. Because of his age, the surgeon wanted to have the approval of his primary care doctor. It was a good thing he was checked out by his primary care physician because she became concerned, not just with his eye, but the slurred speech he had now developed as well. Her mother had MG for over 20 years, so she was very aware of the symptoms. After running some tests, she confirmed her diagnosis of myasthenia gravis and called of the eye surgery. She then proceeded to explain what MG was and what the next steps to take would be.
The diagnosis was all very new to David and his wife Esther, who immediately did all the research she could do to learn more about this disease. As they learned more about the disease and dealt with it on a daily basis, they wanted to seek out even more support, which led them to the MG Support Group in Culver City. While the group was fantastic, it was a 2 hour ride to get there and the travel just completely wiped David out. However, with the help of their support group leader, Jerry Friedman, and the staff at the MGFA, Esther was able to start a support group in her area.
Leading a support group has been only one important way the Bolgers have gotten involved in the cause. Esther has been very diligent in sending materials to the doctors in her area to make sure they are all aware of MG and what it is, and also works to make sure anyone who wants to learn more about MG has access to those resources.
The Bolgers have also been very excited to become involved in the MG Walk, getting involved with the new Inland Empire MG Walk started last year. Their oldest daughter rallied their entire family including 7 kids and 12 grandkids, and worked hard in getting the word out on social media. This year, they’re getting their efforts started even earlier and have been spreading the word to get as many people involved and to grow this Walk. The MG Walk has been a very positive experience for them both, allowing them the opportunity to meet others going through MG at various stages and the chance to support each other. It has shown them that they are on the right path in this journey and has inspired them to keep staying involved and keep growing their efforts to provide support to the MG Community.
Esther and David are very excited to see the growth of the MG Walk and the increase in awareness of MG in their community. They look forward to seeing even more people coming out to support the cause and fundraise to help provide even more resources and hope for the MG Community.
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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!
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MG Walk Office
1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123
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