THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AT THE 2017 SEATTLE 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!

Check out photos from the event and relive the memories of a great Walk!

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We are thrilled to announce that our 2017 Seattle MG Walk Hero is…Tricia Foerster!
 


It was back in 2013 when Tricia was first diagnosed with MG. In retrospect, though, she probably had MG for over 20 years. She had been diagnosed with lupus when her son was also diagnosed with neo-natal lupus, and for a long time, much of the symptoms she experienced were all attributed to her lupus. 10 years ago, Tricia was working with at a clinic when she started really experience droopiness in her eyes and a slur in her speech. She had been experiencing double vision at this time and was falling down so much that the doctors and her coworkers were concerned about her health and behavior at times at work. Once the symptoms started to get out of control, Tricia knew it was time to investigate more what was going on. A patient she had been working with at the clinic mentioned MG to her, which was a suspicion that came to light again once she went to the ER to get checked out and was paired with a neuro-ophthalmologist. Tricia was diagnosed rather quickly at that point with myasthenia gravis and started on treatments. Unfortunately, she was unable to continue her job working with patients, especially because of the double vision, but feels that she is on the right path with her treatments and feels very hopeful for what the future holds.

Even as a medical professional for so many year, Tricia had never heard of MG until her diagnosis, so she set out to read as much as she could and learn everything she could about her new diagnosis. It was through her research that she learned of the MG Walk and participated for the first time back in 2014. This was around the time she had just been diagnosed and was having a very hard time being able to open her eye. She had 4 girlfriends that were joining her for the Walk, and one just happened to be a teacher with a bunch of pirate costumes from her classroom in the her car. All of them wore eye patches that day in solidarity and support of Tricia and this has been a tradition of her MG Walk team, “Chicks Ahoy”, ever since!

As the Seattle MG Walk Hero, Tricia has great hope for a cure, and knows how important it is to tell your story and spread awareness of MG. Being at the Walk and hearing stories from others really helped her to feel less isolated and really let her know she was not alone. It was very hard in the beginning to explain to others how MG can really affect your body and limit your every day actions. She was embarrassed in the beginning of how MG made her look and feel , but soon came to realize she was the same person she has always been. It helped to know that others have gone through similar experiences and it helps to learn on each other in the MG community for support. Along with a cure, Tricia hopes to see continued and expanding education so others can know just what MG is and how it can affect the people living with it…the symptoms you see, and the symptoms you don’t.

Tricia never gives up hope and continues to surround herself with her supportive family, friends, and the MG Community. While there are hard days, there are also really great days and she makes sure to live her life and enjoy those days. She is very excited to be back at the 2017 Seattle MG Walk with her family, friends, and the entire “Chicks Ahoy” team!


Thank you to our 2017 Seattle MG Walk Medical Ambassadors!
 

Dr. Jane Distad
University of Washington
Department of 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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Thank you to our sponsors!
 

Goal: $25,000
80 percent raised
$18,600 raised so far
in Seattle
$6,400 to go!

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.