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!
John’s journey with MG actually begins with his father, who began having Myasthenia Gravis symptoms 3 decades ago in the late 1980’s. Unfortunately, most doctors at that time were completely unaware of MG. Desperate for an answer, John’s father sought answers from many doctors, and went as far as to seek help at the Mayo Clinic, where even the doctors there misdiagnosed him.
Finally, after nearly a decade of searching for answers, a doctor ran a simple test to determine that the symptoms John’s father had been experiencing were in fact was that of MG. At the time (early 1990’s) the only solution was to remove the thyroid gland to slow down the effects of MG. Unfortunately, John’s father was deemed too old for the procedure to be effective and ultimately passed away from the effects of MG in April, 1995. Had the doctors detected it earlier, it is likely John’s father may have lived much longer than he did.
John joined the MGFA community in 2016, when he first heard about the MG Walk on TV. Since then, participating in the MG Walk has given John a way to honor the memory of his father, as well as raise funds for a world without Myasthenia Gravis. It is John’s hope that the work of the MGFA will not only find a cure, but also educate every doctor across the country, so that one day, doctors are able to recognize the symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis whenever a patient exhibits symptoms, and immediately knows what steps need to be taken.
The photo above is one of John’s favorite photos of his father, as it shows the big, strong, larger-than-life man that he was, long before the cruel MG disease robbed him of his strength.
“Find a doctor who is very familiar with MG and follow his advice diligently. Don’t give up hope; I feel that we are getting very close to a cure.” – John Wonak
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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!
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MG Walk Office
1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123
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