A walk to promote research into and awareness of the neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.
In the past three years, the New Orleans Myasthenia Gravis Resource Group has raised $125,000 for research toward finding a cure for the disease.
The walk is free and consists of 1-mile or 3-mile options around the lagoon in Lafreniere Park, starting at the Pavilion shelter. There will be jambalaya, chili, hot dogs, fruit, snacks, water, soft drinks and also a photo booth and DJ for the event.
Donations will be accepted at the walk and online at mgwalk.org/neworleans. Proceeds are committed to finding a cure for myasthenia gravis, improving treatment options and providing information and support through the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America.
MG affects approximately one in 5,000 people of any age, race or gender, and is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups and can affect muscles that control eye movements, eyelids, chewing, swallowing, breathing, coughing and facial expression, as well as, the arms and legs.