COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION
The health and safety of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff is our top concern. We are disappointed to share with you that ALL spring walks from March 14-May 30 have been postponed until further notice. We will look at potential dates for this fall and keep you updated as we learn more. If we are able to secure a fall date, then all donations will roll over to the new walk date.
**Any decisions made going forward will absolutely be dependent on where we are at with this global health crisis.
All donations and fundraising for this year’s MG Walk will benefit the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America and help to support research, awareness, and advocacy. You can still raise money and fundraise for this year’s efforts by visiting your walk page at www.mgwalk.org. If we are unable to secure dates this fall, then all fundraisers will receive the MG Walk t-shirt and other prizes based on your fundraising totals ($50 for MG Walk Cooler, $100 for the MG Walk t-shirt, $250+ for additional prizes) one month after your current walk date. MG Walk staff will be in touch with more information.
If you planned to turn in money on the day of the event, please mail to:
MG Walk Office
1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123
Please understand that MGFA’s priority is the health of our patients, family members, and friends, and this has not been an easy decision to make but it has been made with your health, safety, and general wellbeing in mind. Thanks as always for your continued support and dedication… and we hope to see you soon!
COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE CAROLINAS MG COMMUNITY… The MG Walk isn’t really about walking — it’s about supporting the MG community, and we need YOU to make that happen. MG is a rare and chronic neuromuscular autoimmune disease affecting tens of thousands of people. When you come together with friends and family to walk in your community, you give hope to everyone impacted by MG. Money raised from the MG Walk funds research towards better treatments, bringing us closer to a cure, and supports services for those living with MG. That’s why we join forces at this event—walking or not—supporting each other 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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SPREAD THE WORD!
Use the following documents to help spread the word to your network and community about the upcoming MG Walk!
MG WALK ROUTE – Coming Soon
My name is Morgan Novak and I am honored to be the Charlotte MG Walk Hero.I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in December 2018 but my battle with it started a few months before in August 2018. I started having unexplainable facial weakness in my mouth when I was eating and smiling and talking. I went to my dentist and he didn’t have any any answers and I went to a TMJ specialist and he also didn’t have any answers. He suggested I get an MRI. Good news was I found out that my brain is completely healthy, but it didn’t answer why I was experiencing these weird symptoms. So he suggested it was time to see a neurologist.In my head that just seemed so unnecessary. I was fine, I didn’t need a neurologist. I was probably overreacting and everything would go away soon. But my symptoms continued and I went to a few more doctor appointments. I had a lot of blood tests done and everything was coming back normal.
Around November 2018 I started to feel really weak in my arms and legs. I would get weak doing everyday activities like getting dressed for work, cooking, cleaning…things that, at 25 years old, should not make me that weak. I enjoy running with my dog, working out and going to yoga but I got to the point that I could barely do anything in the gym without feeling like my muscles were just going to give out on me. I knew something was really wrong so I finally made an appointment to see a neurologist.
At my first visit with him he told me he had a pretty good idea that I had Myasthenia Gravis. In my head all I thought was “Mya-what?” I got an EMG test and blood test done and both tests came back positive which confirmed my diagnosis. This was the best and worst news all at the same time. It was the best news because I finally had an answer to all the symptoms I had been experiencing. It was the worst news because at 25 years old I was told that I had a chronic autoimmune disease that would effect my entire life.
Since my diagnosis I’ve been on medication that has helped me manage most of my symptoms. I had a Thymectomy in March 2019 to hopefully eliminate my symptoms. In the last few months I have started running and going to yoga and just trying to get back to my normal routine before MG.
This past year and a half has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs to say the least. And while I have a disease that scientifically means I am weak, I have never felt stronger.
Dr. Joseph Chipman is committed to patient satisfaction based on empathetic patient care. Being able to provide patients evidence-based diagnoses coupled with the most effective, innovative treatments is the most important part of his job. He has a strong interest in integrative neurology, which encompasses a mix of standard practice neurology and holistic medicine. He feels this gives patients different treatment options for difficult-to-treat neurological disorders. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and children. He likes outdoor activities, gardening, playing tennis and playing racquetball. He also has several unique pursuits that include collecting antiques, jukeboxes and pinball machines.
Special Interests: Neuromuscular Disorder
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 and 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
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