Frequently Asked Questions

For any questions, please email Tasha Duncan at tduncan@myasthenia.org

What is the MG Walk?

The MG Walk provides hope for the thousands of families who face the challenges caused by myasthenia gravis (MG). In the weeks leading up to the MG Walk, participants are encouraged to fundraise by talking about MG and how it affects those living with MG, and also their families, friends, careers and all aspects of their lives. These conversations shed light on what MG is, and the need for the MGFA to receive vital funding for programs to find a world without myasthenia gravis.

How is the money used?

The money raised through the MG Walk is used for research to find a cure for myasthenia gravis and closely related disorders, improve treatment options, and provide support for people with myasthenia gravis through community programs and advocacy. For more information on how the funds raised are used by the MGFA, click here.

 

How much does it cost to participate in an MG Walk?

Participating in an MG Walk is FREE. However, we always encourage all of our attendees to fundraise. Every dollar gets us one step closer to the ultimate finish line, a world without myasthenia gravis!

 

What do the different registration types mean?

MG Walk attendees can choose to register as a Team Captain, Team Member, an Individual, a Donor or Volunteer.

A TEAM CAPTAIN is the leader of their MG Walk team. They recruit family, friends, co-workers and community members to join them on event day and help raise funds for their team. The Team Captain manages both their personal fundraising page and the team fundraising page, editing the content and team goal. The Team Captain also receives an email from the MG Walk office after they register with important resources to help maximize their recruitment and fundraising efforts. The Team Captains is the main contact for MGFA.

A TEAM MEMBER is an important part of the MG Walk team. They are recruited by the Team Captain to help spread awareness and raise important funds for their team. Team members can manage their personal fundraising page, editing their story and setting their fundraising goal. Team members also receive important resources to help maximize their recruitment and fundraising efforts.

An INDIVIDUAL is someone interested in supporting the MG Walk, but plans to attend on their own. An individual manages their personal fundraising page, editing their story and setting a fundraising goal. Individuals also receive important resources to help maximize their recruitment and fundraising efforts. All individual registrants have the option to become a Team Captain or join a team at any time. 

A DONOR is someone that can't participate in the walk but wants to make a gift to an individual or team. 

A VOLUNTEER is someone that wishes to help with different aspects of the MG Walk prior to or on the day of the event. Volunteering could mean helping mark the route, setting up or tearing down the event, recruiting local sponsors and participants, helping with registration, handing out refreshments and several other activities.

What is the difference between a “Personal Goal” and a “Team Goal”?

Your PERSONAL GOAL is how much you’d like to raise on your own. Your team goal is the total amount your team would like to raise (add each team member’s goal together to get your team goal).

TEAM GOAL: If you are on a team, the Team Captain sets a goal for you and your team members. Say you’d like your team of six participants to raise $10,000. You believe you can raise $5,000 on your own, so that becomes your personal goal. Your remaining five team members would each need to set a $1,000 personal goal. These numbers are flexible depending on your expectations and your team size.

What happens after I register for the MG Walk?

Once you complete the online fundraising form, you will receive an e-mail with the login information for your participant center. We strongly recommend logging in and updating your personal fundraising page with pictures and your connection to MG. 

I’m walking and my family will join me. Should they register for the MG Walk?

Yes - we encourage each individual to register separately for the 2021 MG Walk Coast to Coast event. 

Can my child participate in the Walk?

MG Walk Coast to Coast is for all ages. With a little help from an adult, children have the potential to be great fundraisers.

Can I register for the MG Walk the day of the event?

We highly encourage you to register before the event, and to help us fundraise to find better treatments and a cure.

How can my company match my donation?

Every company has its own requirements for matching gifts. Check with your Human Resources Department and ask for information on matching gifts. Follow the instructions provided by your company, and submit all paperwork in a timely fashion. If possible, have the matching gift indicate your name and the MG Walk you are attending. Matching gifts can be mailed to:

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200

Elgin, IL 60123

 

Will the matching gift be displayed on my personal fundraising page?

Yes! As soon as we receive the matching gift from your company, we will post it on your personal fundraising page.

Keep in mind, matching gifts can often take several weeks to process, so you may not see the matching gift on your fundraising page immediately. 

How do I turn in donations to the MG Walk Office?

Please mail all donations to:

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America

1707 N. Randall Rd, Suite 200

Elgin, IL 60123

Please do not mail cash! If you have collected cash donations and would like to mail it in, please write a personal check for that amount, get a money order to mail in or deposit the money and use your debit card to make the donation. If you mail the donations in, please make sure to indicate the donor’s name and how much they donated so we can properly enter their donation onto your personal fundraising page.

Who do I make checks payable to?

Please make checks payable to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America or MGFA. Please don’t forget to write your first and last name on the memo of the check.

How long does it take for checks to show up on my account?

Checks that are mailed in prior to the MG Walk can take up to 4 weeks to appear on your personal fundraising page. This amount of time varies based on the time of year. Any donations handed in at the MG Walk can take up to 2 weeks to appear on your personal fundraising page. 

Are donations tax-deductible and how do I get a receipt?

Yes. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. For credit card donations, a receipt appears as soon as the transaction is processed, and a copy is emailed to you within minutes. For check donations, a copy of your cleared check can serve as your receipt. If you made a cash donation, or would like a more detailed receipt, you can request one by emailing tduncan@myasthenia.org. For your records, our Tax ID # is: 13-5672224.

How do I obtain prizes I've earned?

All fundraising prizes will be mailed to your home within two weeks post walk. 

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