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:
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!