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Participants affected by myasthenia gravis will gather to celebrate the lives of MG patients, physicians and caregivers, and walk to raise awareness and funds to support the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) at the New England MG Walk on Saturday, May 5 at Pope John Paul II Park in Boston, MA. At this year’s Walk, we will honor Jessica Larkin as the 2018 New England MG Walk Local Hero. You can learn more about her story here.

Funds raised by the MG Walk Campaign are vital in making the MGFA’s vision of “a world free of myasthenia gravis” come to life. The National MG Walk Campaign is now in its 8th year of raising funds and awareness for the MG Community, having raised over $5 million dollars in that time. Funds raised from the Walk help support research initiatives, advocacy efforts, programs and services, and resources for those living with MG and their families.

What is Myasthenia Gravis (MG)? 

MG affects people of any age, race or gender. The most common form of MG is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups, and can affect muscles that control eye movements, eyelids, chewing, swallowing, coughing and facial expression as well as the arms and legs. MG can also affect breathing.

About the MGFA 

The MGFA is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis and to serving patients with MG. With monies raised from the MG Walk, the MGFA is committed to finding a cure for myasthenia gravis and closely related disorders, improving treatment options and providing information and support to people with myasthenia gravis through research, education, community programs, and advocacy.

MG Awareness 

At the New England MG Walk, many have made a major contribution to making the world aware of myasthenia gravis and contributing to MG research and patient programs. Now, we’re asking them to do even more. We want Walkers to wear their T-shirt, talk about the Walk, and help raise funds towards the mission of the MGFA. Please help us spread the word about MG and the MG Walk everywhere you can. To learn more about what you can do for MG Awareness, visit the MGFA website at www.myasthenia.org and the MG Walk website at www.MGWalk.org.