June Proclaimed Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month in Orlando
(Orlando, FL – June 4, 2014) Mayor Buddy Dyer has proclaimed June 2014 as Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Awareness Month in the city of Orlando, coinciding with Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America’s (MGFA) 14th annual “MG Awareness Month,”raising awareness of the often misunderstood and under-diagnosed disease. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and City of Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley have also declared June 2014 as MG Awareness Month.
In addition, the colors emitting from Downtown Orlando’s iconic Fountain at Lake Eola will be turned teal in recognition of MG awareness on June 17-19.
“There is so much still to understand about MG and living with this chronic disease,” says Leah Nash, chief innovator and founder of the Orlando-based Trusted Source, a boutique marketing firm serving Central Florida, who was diagnosed with MG in 2008. Since that time, she has become a staunch supporter in finding a cure, including being a major fundraiser for the Myasthenia Gravis Walks.
The annual walks occur throughout the country, including Orlando, which raised $17,000 locally in April at Baldwin Park.
Myasthenia Gravis (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 also can affect breathing.
MGFA’s June Awareness campaign theme, “Uniting for a Cure: Together we are Stronger,”is a call to action to patients, the medical community and advocates to come together to increase awareness of MG and help to eradicate the disease.
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