On Sunday, November 18th at Lake Merced Park in San Francisco, Foster City resident Jessica Milanes, will be leading friends, family and local supporters in the Bay Area MG Walk as the 2017 Walk Hero. Jessica was an active 13 year old when she suddenly had trouble breathing and swallowing. She was diagnosed quickly with a rare, incurable neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis (MG) and ended up in the intensive care unit before doctors finally controlled her symptoms.
Being a teen with a rare disease can be challenging and the fact that Jessica battled MG for ten years before she met anyone else with the disease, made it even more difficult. This sparked her passion to make sure no one else ever felt alone. Now, feeling stronger each day, Jessica can pursue her dream of attending cooking/baking school and hopes to someday open a restaurant.
Because Jessica is the youngest member of her support group, she is inspired to share her message with other young people - “remain optimistic because things usually get better”. Details and more information about the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America can be found below.
Sunday, November 19
Set-up: 8am or by notification
Check in: 9am
Lake Merced Park,
Skyline Blvd. & Harding Road
San Francisco, CA 94132
About the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
Founded in 1952, the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated solely to the fight against the debilitating disease, myasthenia gravis. MGFA is committed to finding a cure for myasthenia gravis and closely related diseases, improving treatment options and providing information and support to people with myasthenia gravis through research, education, community programs and advocacy. MGFA has 20 chapters in the United States serving patients, their families and caregivers through support groups and educational programs. For more information, please visit http://www.myasthenia.org/.