Strides Against MG Walk 2017 – Photos

Walkers eagerly kick off the 2017 Strides Against MG Walk.

Walkers eagerly kick off the 2017 Strides Against MG Walk.

The 5th Annual Strides Against MG Walk welcomed 230 participants on Sunday, June 4, at Berens Park in Elmhurst, Illinois.  The walk raised $26,000 for Conquer Myasthenia Gravis, a nonprofit organization that funds MG patient assistance and research, and provides patient education and support.

“Last year I was in the hospital with MG (myasthenia gravis), so it feels great to be here today,” commented Sara Hasemeyer (below, second from left). Her husband Matt appreciated the upbeat tone of the day, noting, “When we walked into the local support group, we were the youngest ones. This is entirely different.”

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Kathy Tijerina volunteered for this year’s event, despite struggling with MG symptoms of weakness. Overwhelmed by the Walk’s upbeat spirit, she said, “Next year I’m bringing my whole family!”

Board chair Bob Rosecrans explained the name of the organization, Conquer Myasthenia Gravis, or Conquer MG for short, “reflects our desire to wipe out this rare autoimmune disease.” Check out the walk photos below! For lots more walk pictures, visit our Facebook page, Conquer Myasthenia Gravis.

 

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WALK PHOTOS

Janet Bauer’s team was ready to Conquer MG!

Janet Bauer’s team was ready to Conquer MG!

Steve Litwitz, (center - with mustache & blond locks) and family are ready to conquer MG like Vikings.

Steve Litwitz, (center – with mustache & blond locks) and family are ready to conquer MG like Vikings.

Sophia gives grandmother Vi a hug.

Sophia gives grandmother Vi a hug.

Peter Wincentsen entertains the crowd.

Peter Wincentsen entertains the crowd.

The Park Place Pacers, led by Peggy Cashman (4th from left) support the cause.

The Park Place Pacers, led by Peggy Cashman (4th from left) support the cause.

Bob Ratzel offers up Connie's Crunchie cookies for sale.

Bob Ratzel offers up Connie’s Crunchie cookies for sale.

This guy came ready to race!

This guy came ready to race!

One walker was sidetracked by bubbles.

One walker was sidetracked by bubbles.

For lots more walk pictures, visit our Facebook page, Conquer Myasthenia Gravis.