2021 National MG Walk Coast-to-Coast

Tom's Rockets - Blast Off For The Cure!

Today I am asking you to help in the fight against Myasthenia Gravis (MG) by joining our walk team, Tom’s Rockets – Blast Off for the Cure! Due to the pandemic they have decided that rather than having a physical walk, they will have a Virtual Event at noon Eastern time on Saturday November 13. To join our team and make a Tax Deductible Donation online, please donate on this page or my personal page (be sure to enter For Research Only in the comment box) or mail a check (addressed to MG Walk) to: Thomas Larsen, 11322 Hunt Farm Lane, Oakton, Virginia 22124. Anyone donating $100 or more will receive an 11” tall model rocket! Our team represents the MG Support Group which meets in Manassas, Virginia, and I want to profusely thank all our attendees and our wonderful, long-time facilitator, Anita Steele, phone 804-742-5149, for their strong moral and financial support! With the Coronavirus Pandemic still rampant, it will not be possible for me to be out in front of Giant grocery stores this year, raising awareness and funds for research. We desperately need each one of you to donate as much as you are able, as soon as you can, so that we receive recognition at the Virtual Event, and so that research to find a cure is not interrupted! If you have already donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Several people with MG have died from COVID-19, and several others who had COVID-19 developed MG as a result.

I’m Dr. Thomas Larsen. No, I’m not a medical doctor. My PHD is in Aerospace Engineering – I’m a rocket scientist, and I have an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis (Grave Muscle Weakness). I was diagnosed with MG thirteen years ago, when I was almost 67 years old and have ridden the MG roller coaster ever since. It started with difficulty speaking and progressed to difficulty swallowing. In July 2011, after having a hip replacement, I suffered a Myasthenic Crisis and spent 35 days at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, MD, 22 days in ICU and two weeks intubated on life support. After tremendous intercession by my wonderful prayer warriors the Good Lord finally carried me out the other side of a very deep valley.

 

Myasthenia Gravis is a debilitating chronic autoimmune disease in which antibodies mistakenly attack and destroy neuromuscular connections, causing weakness in muscles that control basic movements that include walking, swallowing, blinking, breathing, and smiling. Many patients, including young women and children, are unable to enjoy their daily lives, attend school, or work. Every day 80,000 Americans of all races, genders, and ages live with the life-altering symptoms. Many thousands more are still in search of a diagnosis. While there are treatments, there is currently no cure for MG. Unfortunately, several young women with MG have died recently. Over the last eight years our walk team has raised over $100,000 for research to find a cure!

 

My goal is a world without Myasthenia Gravis.

The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated to MG, and is committed to finding a cure, improving treatment options, and providing information and support to MG patients through research, education, community programs, and advocacy. In an effort to raise awareness and funds, the MGFA hosts MG walks from coast to coast. In addition to raising funds, the MG Walks generate awareness, renew hope, and create a community of caring and sharing.

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