THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THE 2018 MARYLAND 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!

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WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE OUR
2018 MARYLAND MG WALK HERO IS…
JADA HARRIS!

 

 

Jada’s first symptoms of MG started to show up around an already stressful time…her first year of high school! She noticed she was not really feeling like herself and started to notice that her smile and speech had changed a bit. At first, everyone thought it was just the stress of starting high school, but Jada knew that something was really wrong. For a while, no one seemed to believe her, but then she had difficulty swallowing and started to choke when eating. Her parents and dentist believing the culprit of these symptoms to be her wisdom teeth, she underwent surgery to have them removed. However, when she didn’t come out of the anesthesia the ways she could have, she found herself on life support and taking antibiotics. She was experiencing her first MG crisis.

Jada and her family still had no idea what was going on, that is, until a member of their church recommended they go back to the ER and be tested for MG. She was in the medical field and had actually heard of it before, and thought the symptoms may align. Jada went back on this recommendation where they did a few tests and diagnosed her with MG, starting her right away on IVIG treatments.

Upon being diagnosed, Jada started going to a support group who introduced her to the MGFA website and all the resources available. It was through her research that she learned about the MG Walk, seeing last year that the Walk was being hosted in Baltimore. She and her family came out in full force and ended up raising over $1,400!

Jada and her team are back again this year and excited to be joining everyone at the Maryland MG Walk. Her favorite part has always been spreading awareness and educating others on what MG is and what she actually goes through, living with this every day. She knows it’s important for everyone to know about MG, especially as it was a knowledgeable person in her own life that led her to the answers she needed and her own diagnosis. MG isn’t really talked about much, and Jada is working hard to change that. As the Maryland MG Walk Hero, she looks forward to sharing her story while inspiring others to do the same. She has also created a video on YouTube, sharing her experiences with MG so she can reach even more people and help them understand what this disease really is.

Jada and her family are excited to participate in the Maryland MG Walk again on October 14 and meet even more people. It’s important to learn from their stories, just as they will learn from hers. She is looking forward to a great day of awareness and hope for all those living with MG.


 

Thank you to our
2018 Maryland MG Walk Medical Ambassadors!

 

Charlene Hafer-Macko, M.D.
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Hafer-Macko is an associate professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Myasthenia Gravis Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She also serves as the co-director of the Neuromuscular Fellowship and the Director of the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center Neuromuscular Service. Dr. Hafer-Macko’s research focuses on skeletal muscle alterations after chronic stroke and the impact of exercise rehabilitation on these skeletal muscles’ structural and metabolic abnormalities. She is extending these research interests to clinical research trials of exercise rehabilitation for individuals with other neuromuscular conditions associated with aging, including myasthenia gravis and diabetic and other peripheral neuropathies.

Ricardo Roda, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dr. Ricardo Roda is a neurologist in Baltimore, Maryland and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 72 doctors at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and one of 108 at Johns Hopkins Hospital who specialize in Neurology.


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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Goal: $25,000
100 percent raised
$31,144 raised so far
in Maryland
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.