THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THE 2016 MISSISSIPPI 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!
Click here to check out the great photos and relive the memories of a great Walk!
We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 Mississippi Local MG Walk Hero is…Sara Rutledge!
In April, 1956, at 14 yrs of age Sara started to experience double vision. Her mother was a nurse and quickly took her to an eye surgeon, who told her “you need a neurosurgeon, not an eye surgeon”. The suspicion was a brain tumor. She was put on a wait list for an emergency hospital bed (there was no MRI in 1956), and that Friday she entered the Methodist hospital. A brain biopsy was done on Monday that was negative, and so there was no diagnosis for the double vision at the time.
Two years later, Sara’s brother was diagnosed with MG. This caused her mother to put some of Sara’s symptoms together and took her to his next office visit. She was diagnosed with MG on the spot. Dr. J.E. Tether at Indiana University Medical Center did a tensilon test and saw results before he could complete the injection. She had difficulty combing her hair because she could not hold her arms up long enough to do the job. Her eyes were very droopy, and she would have to rest up the day before a large event (such as a school dance) in order to have the strength to go.
A few years after being diagnosed, Sara and her husband married and started a family. It was around the time she had her first child that she went into remission for about 20 years.
She had no meds for MG during these 20 years, and when she had a surgery in 1983 had not told the anesthesiologist about the MG, after having been in remission for so long. Sara experienced an asthmatic shutdown in surgery, and again in recovery room, and began to notice symptoms returning, but ignored them for another 20 years. She had been working in a hospital and finally had to admit she could no longer walk the halls of the hospital due to weakness. She had even fallen a couple of times at work that seemed like for apparent reason. This is when she retired, sought out a neurologist, and was re-diagnosed and put on meds. Another doctor had put her on Statin drugs, and her MG got worse to the point she was getting IVIG every month for a 5 day stint. This lasted about 5 years until she asked her PCP to drop the Statin drug and was much better within 48 hours. She is now treated with generic Imuran and generic mestinon and doing pretty well. After some hard episodes in the hospital and rehab for months, Sara says she thinks she has experienced almost all the possibilities of MG and is still going strong.
She is now looking to bring awareness and raise important funds by bringing the first ever MG Walk to Mississippi on October 8. As the Local MG Walk Hero and coordinator of the Mississippi Walk, she is getting involved to make a positive difference for those going through their own journeys with MG, and looking to raise important funds to bring resources she didn’t have access to many years ago. She’s excited to get involved in this way, and has been incredibly active in getting the Mississippi community involved in a cause so important.
Raise awareness and show your support by downloading our NEW MG Walk Twibbon!
MG In The Media!
Check out this great interview with our Local Walk Hero, Sara Rutledge and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
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
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