MG Awareness Month offers up a ‘Dare to Care’ in June

MGFA challenging supporters to raise 30 gifts of $30 in 30 days

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International MG Awareness Month begins today and the MG Foundation of America (MGFA) and other organizations are working hard to put myasthenia gravis (MG) on everybody’s radar with a host of events and activities.

MGFA is set once again to “Turn Awareness Into Action” with its Dare to Care fundraising campaign, which aims to raise awareness for the chronic neuromuscular autoimmune disease while supporting the organization’s mission. MGFA is challenging supporters to raise 30 gifts of $30 in 30 days toward a total goal of $100,000.

Pass the Controller, a small group of gaming friends will host a 12-hour stream on June 10 as part of Dare to Care to promote MG awareness and raise funds.

MGFA is also offering its awareness toolkit to generate ideas and tips on how to promote awareness among communities and local businesses.

“These tools will help our ambassadors raise greater awareness around MG and assist in expanding the MGFA reach!” Samantha Masterson, MGFA’s president and CEO, said in a message on the toolkit page.

Ideas include meeting with legislative leaders to secure a proclamation declaring June as MG Awareness Month. Supporters may also reach out to local media outlets to pitch a story on the challenges that patients face or to share their own personal story. They’re also being invited to pen an op-ed for a local newspaper. Media pitch samples and op-ed samples are available at MGFA’s website to aid supporters in their efforts.

MGFA is also providing a poster to download from its website that can be displayed in homes, offices, or local establishments. And for kids (or adults looking for some stress relief) the #MGStrong coloring page is available to share a colorful commitment on social media streams.

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At the organization’s online store, supporters will find clothing or other items to show their commitment and support. Some items are also available at custom online retailers, such as Etsy.

MGFA is also encouraging supporters to identify iconic buildings and structures in their area and request permission to light them up in teal to mark the month. A sample letter is available to review. Supporters are invited to snap a picture and send it the organization to post on its new 2023 Wall of MG Awareness.

The inaugural European MG Day on June 2 will be “a day to celebrate how far we’ve come in our understanding of the burden of MG [and] … .”acknowledge that there’s still so much more that needs to be done,” according to All United for MG , the coalition of European patient associations and other groups that will be spearheading the event.

Supporters can check the events website for details about the events set for European MG Day.

MG Illuminate will host the community-wide event “Go for Greater” at 2 and 7 p.m. EST June 1. An RSVP is required.

The MG Holistic Society will take part in MG awareness events in a number of states throughout the month. On June 3, a day of community, fun, yoga, education, vendors, and free food is planned in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, holistic lifestyle resources, wellness vendors, support information, and chair massages are on tap for June 17 in Wilmington, Delaware. And in Atlanta,  Chamblee First United Methodist Church will host an MG Community Health Fair on June 24.

Myasthenia Gravis News is highlighting this month with “Myasthenia Gravis Community Spotlight,” a new campaign to give people the opportunity to raise awareness about what life is like with myasthenia gravis.