Come and join us for the 2017 South Carolina MG Walk as we continue taking “steps” toward the ultimate finish line…a world without Myasthenia Gravis! Register now to join an existing team, or to start and Captain your own!

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We are thrilled to announced that the 2017 South Carolina MG Walk Hero is…Lauren Jarman!
 



Lauren has been living with MG for over 6 years now, and it has certainly been a challenging diagnosis. She was first diagnosed with myasthenia gravis in April 2011, right before her wedding. She had a droopy eyelid that was causing concern, and with her wedding day approaching, she got it checked out right away. She went to multiple urgent care centers to figure out what was going on, but was ultimately diagnosed by a neurologist working on the same floor that she was working as a nurse. At this time, she had also gone for a CT scan that showed something that was alarming, and went into surgery to have it removed. But because of this surgery, and it’s affect on her MG, Lauren went into crisis and was in the hospital on a ventilator for 3 days. This was the first of four very major MG crises she would endure, the second happening a year later and landing her on a ventilator for 5 days, and another while pregnant with her daughter. In the 6 years she’s had MG, she has also been intubated about 7 times. 2 years ago, she and her husband welcomed their first child, and it was after the birth of her daughter that Lauren finally went into remission.

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.

Last year 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. This year, she’s 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 for the Walk’s third year. Her incredible team and support system are back to walk with her again this year. As the 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.


Meet our 2017 South Carolina MG Walk Medical Chair…Dr. Katherine Ruzhansky!
 


Katherine Ruzhansky, M.D., M.S. is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the EMG lab at the Medical University of South Carolina. She earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed her Neurology Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Ruzhansky then went on to complete a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology, followed by further fellowship training in Peripheral Neuropathy at Columbia University-NY Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Ruzhansky joined MUSC Neurology in August 2014, and retains an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment of Neurology at Columbia University. Her clinical interests include electrodiagnostic testing and diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders.
She is on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, and will be joining the MGFA Board of Directors in March 2017. She is interested in not only treating MG, but also helping patients cope with chronic illness and raising awareness.


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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!

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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James Island County Park, Charleston, SC 32.735155, -79.990250

 

Thank you to our sponsors!
 

Goal: $40,000
80 percent raised
$31,495 raised so far
in South Carolina
$8,505 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.