Come and join us for the 2019 Portland 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 announce that the 2019 Portland MG Walk Hero is…Calvin Arnason!

My name is Calvin Arnason, I am 72 years old, father of 4, husband to ONE.  30 years ago this month I began to experience strange symptoms: I would make mistakes on the piano I never had made before, my jaw would become tired in the middle of lunch, my smile began to look OFF, and then I started to have trouble taking deep breaths.  I was diagnosed within 2 days of my first doctor visit.  And within 8 months my hands had become virtual claws, no finger articulation, couldn’t sign my name, I couldn’t talk longer than 30-60 seconds, I couldn’t hold my head up, and during 2 myasthenic crises I had to be intubated for 2 weeks, and was saved [literally saved] through plasmapheresis – when the needles were 18 gauge and the process lasted 8 hours a session.  In late 1989 my 4 children ranged in age from 4 to 14.  My wife was the homemaker.  I had reoccurring crises for the next 11 years, until 2001, when the most serious crisis occurred.  Now and ever since 2007 I am nearly completely free of symptoms of Myasthenia.

I am not a hero.  I am merely a normal man interested in life and fulfilling my responsibilities.  However, there WERE real heroes involved in my recovery: my wife calls them guardian angels, my mother called them walking miracles.

Thank You To Our 2019 Portland Medical Ambassador!


Dr. Ragole hails from Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco and his Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship at Brigham & Women’s, Massachusetts General and Boston Children’s Hospitals in Boston. He is especially interested in the treatment of myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular junction disorders. He also cares for patients with hereditary myopathies and muscular dystrophies and motor neuron diseases. His research focuses on evidence-based treatment in myasthenia gravis and clinical trials for novel therapies.

In his spare time, Dr. Ragole enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family, hiking, cycling and gardening.

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On MG Walk Day, we gather to celebrate those we love who live with MG and 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

If you have questions or want to know more, contact us today:
1-855.MG.Walks (1-855.649.2557)

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