One of the things that has shocked her most since her diagnosis, is how little doctors know about MG. During her first crisis, the ER didn’t seem to know what to do and was overwhelmed, though luckily the pulmonologist knew what to do. Just recently she underwent Lasik eye surgery and was given a prescription for a medication she knows would react negatively with her MG. The knowledge seems to be very limited, and a member of the medical community, and the MG community, Lauren hopes to bridge that gap.
2016 was the first year Lauren was able to participate in the MG Walk…and became one of the most successful fundraisers of the entire campaign. Her team, Vent Stoppers, raised over $18,000 for the South Carolina MG Walk, thanks to the generosity and support of her family and friends. In 2017, they surpassed that and raised over $21,000, and this year they are well on their way to raising even more! She and her husband, Dave been an integral part in moving the Walk to Charleston and working to engage the local support groups in the area and the large medical community.
As the National MG Walk Hero, she hopes to inspire others to keep their positivity through their new reality with MG. She has been through so much since her diagnosis, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. She is working hard to raise the funds and awareness needed for MG patients so there can be better treatments, no complications, and ultimately a cure for MG.
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.