Mount Pleasant's Lowcountry SC Myasthenia Gravis Support Group Walk Team helped to raise awareness and research funds during the first locally based MG Walk of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America at James Island Country Park on April 8. To date, the participating walk teams generated $45,000 for the cause from donations alone as a registration fee was not required.
Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes fluctuating degrees of muscle weakness, loss of function, and disability. Common symptoms are weakness in arms and legs, a drooping eyelid, blurred or double vision, difficulty chewing and swallowing, slurred speech, and difficulty breathing. Treatments are available but there is no cure for MG. The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America supports the search for a cure for MG and closely related disorders. The MG Support Group meets on every third Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the East Cooper Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant.