Sheldon Katz

Greater Los Angeles | Team Katz

To My Dearest Family and Friends,

First and foremost, I want to make sure I relay to each and every one of you how thankful I am each year for all of your unwavering support for me during the Annual Myasthenia Gravis Walks.

I will never be able to express how truly grateful I am as every little bit of help really does aid in the medical advancement to help find a cure for MG, this very rare disease. Though we are still working hard and pounding our way to get to that cure, there has been more research this year alone and medical breakthroughs that have helped reduce symptoms that MG patients, like myself, go through. Your financial support has helped achieve the advancement of the following breakthroughs:

  • A Thymectomy – the thymus gland is completely removed in hopes of symptom relief or even remission
  • Corticosteroids – patients are treated with prednisone to help relieve some of the symptoms and help run the immune system
  • Immunosuppressant Medications – helps the body from producing harmful antibodies that cause MG weakness
  • Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) – this has been successful for those lacking antibodies to fight infection; IVIG replaces lost antibodies to help with the fight
  • Monoclonal Antibodies – (a new breakthrough) a new therapy of IV infusions that is currently being tested and studied

I wanted to share with you some of the treatments that are helping me and my fellow MG sufferers so you know that all of your efforts and your generous donations are helping us win the battle.

Naturally, MG patients should be eating healthy, exercising when their body allows for it, managing stress and trying to keep it at bay and combating isolation and depression by continuing to be in the company of family and friends.

As for my continued journey to good health, this year has been the best since my diagnosis.

Aside from the treatments and just doing the typical “stay healthy, stay fit” regimen, my son, Andrew and daughter-in-law, Caity, blessed our family with the best gift ever – my beautiful granddaughter, Olivia.

Because MG thrives on physical & mental stress, Olivia’s birth has seemed to even out the playing field for me.

I must share that I really feel like her presence in my life specifically helped me with my battle. I always look forward to every moment that my wife, Marie, and I get to spend with her. Because of Olivia, I strive to do everything I can to keep healthy and strong. She is the light of our lives and I’m so thankful for my renewed outlook on life because of her. The consistent happiness she brings to us is more than I could have ever asked for…I’m sure all Grandparents know exactly what I am talking about.

I do, however, want to humbly request your continued support and remind you of my situation and the important medical research for MG.

I don’t ever want anyone to feel pressured to physically join us at the MG Walk (so please, if you cannot join us for any reason, no matter how insignificant it may seem, I will completely understand), but your financial support would definitely be a valued and cherished tax deductible gift for those who live with this autoimmune disease.

Every time we catch news of a potential breakthrough treatment, it gives us just a little more hope that we’ll have normalcy in our lives…and this is only possible with the generous donations to the MG foundations.

As much as I wish this weren’t the case, it simply takes money to make a difference in almost any fight to beat a disease…especially in this case, where I and thousands of others suffer every day from this terrible condition. 

As uncomfortable as I am to ask for help every year, my need to make a difference and help patients like me, supersedes my discomfort.

I can’t THANK each of you enough in advance.

My love to all of you!

Sheldon 



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Goal: $7,500
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Thank you donors
Jeffrey Otto : $500
Keep on pushing forward.
Lisa Gordon-Scruggs
We love you and support you. Here's to hoping for another great year!
William Miller
Nikki Mantuano : $250
To the MOST AMAZING boss there ever was and ever will be, praying for a world without MG! I adore you to the tiniest bits and pieces and would love nothing more than to see MG completely obliterated.
Doug McDonough : $250
Glad to support you in your efforts to find a cure for MG. ~ List Hunter~
Scott Adams : $250
Gloria & Robert Armstrong : $250
Our dear Sheldon, we love you so much and are always happy to support your cause every year. Keep fighting against this very debilitating disease! Your adoring Aunt Glo-Glo & Robert!
Wendy Meuser : $250
Sheldon, It is a blessing and an honor to support such an important cause. Please don't ever apologize for asking support for something that is important to you! You are loved!! Wendy Meuser
Anonymous : $200
Hey Sheldon, we're looking forward to being there to walk with you Bro! Much love and support from the Cap family.
Vince Barile : $200
Every day I am blown away by your strength battling MG and your strength of character. You are an inspiration to so many, myself included. We keep you in prayer constantly. Love Vince & Holly Barile
Kenny & Alyssa Golub : $200
We love you Grandpa Sheldon.
John Barile : $150
Love you Brother! Giovanni & Erica
Steven Pickett : $150
Sheldon, Keep fighting You are such an amazing person.
Steven & Lourdes Steele : $125
Scott Hamilton : $100
AnnMarie Miller : $100
We love you Sheldon! Love, Uncle Mike and AnnMarie
thomas mongiovi : $100
keep fighting my friend!!! And you will dance with olivia on her wedding day
Jesse Simms : $100
Lee Morgan
Good Luck Sheldon!
SAUL KROCHMAL : $100
David Lachoff : $100
ROY BARILE : $100
HI SHELLY GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL YOU DO , OUR FAMILY IS PRAYING FOR YOU ALWAYS KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT LOVE THE BARILE'S
Rick Wilson : $100
Love you, Shel! Keep fighting and let's make it another great year!
CARL BALL : $100
Love ya Shel!
Richard Weir Weir : $100
John B Hart : $100
Madeline Miller : $100
Dalton Francis : $75
Keep on kicking a** Shel!
John Kwiatkowski : $75
So glad to see your fundraising efforts are having a notable positive effect on you and many others !
Tam Nguyen : $75
Jessica Santiago : $50
It's been a complete pleasure to have crossed paths with you in this lifetime. Whether it's a simple good morning, a touching or funny story you're sharing... You're just an all around rad human!
Kim Siegert
Teresa Pedone : $50
Sheldon - Your strength, courage, and determination as you fight this disease each and every day is amazing. Praying for a cure. Much Aloha Always.
Barbara Reid Tackitt : $50
See you there!
Brant Benun : $50
Wishing you all the best!
David & Linda Kruss : $50
Sorry we are late with this. Madeline said it was a beautiful day. One of these years we will make it down to do the walk!
Karen Kane : $50
SK Life forces us to change.The severity of the struggle to do so always equals the ah ha moments of rediscovering & experiencing life in a new way that otherwise may have been missed.Aloha nui loa KK
Nicole Meza : $40
Sheldon, you are truly an inspiration to us all. So blessed to be able to support you at the MG walk. We love you. Keep fighting and stay strong. #MGStrong Love, Nicole Javi & Olivia!
Darren Wilde : $40
Marian Salas
So proud of you Sheldon!
Phil Muze : $25
Samantha Dagmy : $25
You have been a trooper through it all that you go through, I hope they find a cure soon to get you some relief.
Daniel Demattos : $10
Team Katz
Sheldon Katz - $5615 raised
Adam Lopez - $15 raised
Andrew Katz - $0 raised
Brian Jacobsen - $25 raised
Caity Katz - $0 raised
Carl Ball - $0 raised
Carol Katz - $1075 raised
Cathy Hart - $0 raised
Dan Gavin - $100 raised
David Tohl - $100 raised
Francisco Meza - $0 raised
Jacob Katz - $0 raised
Joey Caparoni - $0 raised
Katelyn Jacobsen - $0 raised
Katie Caparoni - $0 raised
Katrina Jacobsen - $25 raised
Kellie Gray - $0 raised
Ken Caparoni - $200 raised
Kristy Kaufman - $50 raised
Linda Jacobsen - $100 raised
Marie Katz - $0 raised
Matthew Kaufman - $55 raised
Nancy Tohl - $75 raised
Nathan McNamee - $0 raised
Nicole Burns - $5 raised
Nicole Meza - $0 raised
Olivia Katz - $0 raised
Randy Jacobsen - $100 raised
Vince Barile - $0 raised

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