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!

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We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 Tampa Bay MG Walk Hero is…ANDREA REECE-KITCHEN!

It took going into an MG crisis before Andrea was first diagnosed with myasthenia gravis 9 years ago. At the time, she had a baby who was 2 years old and was working two jobs. One of those jobs was in a restaurant, and while waitressing one night, she went to pick up a plate and simply couldn’t. Within hours, she lost all function of her arms and legs, lost the ability to swallow, and had major problems with her speech & sight. It all happened very quickly, and Andrea was brought to the hospital where she spent the next seven days being tested. It was determined she had gone into MG crisis, was officially diagnosed, and started treatment.

When she was first diagnosed, Andrea had a neurologist that really wasn’t familiar with MG. Two years later, she found Dr. Allan Weiss who immediately started to help her find resources as an MG patient. He had incredible knowledge & experience, many pamphlets and also recommended support groups in the area. She found her way to the MGFA website where she was able to find even more helpful resources, and eventually saw an ad for the MG Walk, where she knew right away she wanted to be involved.

Today, Andrea is in remission and has been for the last two years. It’s important for her to share her story and use her experiences for the greater good. While the beginning of her journey was difficult, she has had a great outcome and wants others living with MG to believe that even though there are some dark times, there can be good that comes from it. The MG Walk has been a great place to share her story, raise awareness, and inspire hope in others. Before her diagnosis, Andrea had never heard of MG, and she knows many others still haven’t heard of it. The MG Walk has been a great way to get the word out and educate others on what it is and how it affects the lives of those living with it. Fundraising was the next important reason she knew she had to be involved with the MG Walk. Everyone is different and we need more research and better treatments. The MG Walk allows her and others to contribute to these advancements and continue to move them forward.

As the Tampa Bay MG Walk Hero, Andrea hopes to inspire those living with MG to never give up hope, to appreciate the small things in life and to “celebrate the wins”…there is one every day, whatever it may be for you. There were things she was told she may never be able to do again, but she has overcome those odds and hopes others believe they can too. She is looking forward to walking alongside all those at the Tampa Bay MG Walk on March 10!

Thank You To Our 2018 Tampa Bay Medical Ambassadors!

Dr. Allan Weiss
St. Anthony's Neurology Group
BayCare Medical Group
Dr. Michael Rosario-Prieto
St. Anthony's Neurology Group
BayCare Medical Group
Morton Plant Hospital

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)

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