Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA

Mission Statement

The mission of the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA is to address the medical, social and emotional needs of all persons affected by Myasthenia Gravis and to disseminate educational information about Myasthenia Gravis to persons with MG, their families, the medical community and the general public.

About Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA

ABOUT MG

  • MG is a chronic neuromuscular disease causing serious weakness of the voluntary muscles. 
  • It strikes persons of any age or race, but most often occurs in women under age 40 and men over 50. 
  • MG has no known cause or cure, but there is hope through continued research and treatment. 
  • It is often called the snowflake disease, as it manifests so differently in each person. 
  • It is extremely difficult to diagnose correctly. 
  • It is relatively rare, occurring in on average 30 per 100,000 persons, and it usually strikes suddenly.  

ABOUT MGA of WPA

  • Founded in 1955, MGA of WPA is one of the oldest and largest organizations of its kind in the US.
  • MGA is small but powerful. Our talented staff of four serve people from 26 counties in PA, parts of New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, plus we respond to calls and emails from all over the US.
  • Our website gets 3,000 hits per month.
  • Our service partner, the Allegheny Health Network, classifies MGA as a regional center of excellence.
  • We provide accurate diagnosis, treatment, care coordination, and advocacy to patients and their families.
  • We offer a monthly support group at Allegheny General Hospital, the Beaver Medical Center and a virtual one on Facebook.
  • We provide education and information to the medical community and the general public. We also participate in research projects.
  • We serve approximately 500 patients and their families annually, more than half of whom are seen by our neurologists in our treatment center.
  • Last year, MGA served a total of 688 patients through our treatment center and other services provided by the Allegheny Health Network, and MGA staff provided 12,502 units of service in education, advocacy and outreach.
  • MGA is committed to keeping our support services free of charge and our operations cost-effective and sustainable. That's why our participation in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is so important. Your donation benefits MGA's free patient support services.

Contact Information

Maree Gallagher Phone: (412) 566-1545 mgallagher@mgawpa.org