Come and join us for the 2017 Southern Wisconsin 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!

All that’s left after that is to create and customize your FREE personal fundraising page, share your connection to Myasthenia Gravis and start fundraising!


We are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Southern Wisconsin MG Walk Hero is…Ellie Leyton!
 


It was only a year and a half ago, in April of 2015 that Ellie was first diagnosed with MG. About 2 years before that, she had been experiencing progressing symptoms of the disease. It started with double vision in both her eyes and droopiness in her eye that she would overcompensate for by holding her head higher up to look down at eye level. Just finishing up her undergrad, and driving and hour home every weekend, this was a very concerning symptom, and one she knew she needed to get checked out. Other symptoms started to arise as friends started to notice her smile was looking awkward and fatigued and she was feeling weakness in her arms, and they would just give out. During a break in school, she went to see an eye doctor, who wasn’t able to diagnosis her. Her doctors sent her to a neurologist, and on the first visit, Ellie was diagnosed with MG. She continues to work to find the best ways to manage her MG, having tried different medications and IVIG treatment. Currently, she is looking into the option of a thymectomy, but she feels very lucky, as she knows many people with MG go years trying to figure out the cause of their symptoms before they receive a diagnosis.

It has been difficult, being diagnosed at 21 when you are working so hard in your studies and starting to shape your career, but Ellie continues to do all she can to spread the word. She knows how frustrating it can be when those around you don’t understand the toll MG can take, especially if you don’t physically look sick. She works to educate those around her on the effects of her myasthenia gravis, and has received amazing support from her friends, family, coworkers, and the Milwaukee MG Support Group. It was here she learned of the MG Walk which has been a great way to meet others going through similar journeys. Ellie knows not everyone is as lucky as she was to have such a quick and confident diagnosis, and as the Southern Wisconsin MG Walk Hero, she wants to continue to spread awareness, educate others, and raise funds that will help the medical community understand MG better, recognize it sooner, and prescribe the proper treatments early on.

Ellie is looking to grow her Walk team and fundraising this year, and will be joined by her incredible support system. She wants those going through their own diagnosis to remember to take it one day at a time. Appreciate the good days, and know that during the bad days, it’s ok to rest and allow your body to rejuvenate. Don’t let your diagnosis defeat you, and above all, don’t let it define you. Stay strong!


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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