Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA

2018 Myasthenia

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 to persons with Myasthenia Gravis, their families, the medical community and the general public.

About Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA

Myasthenia Gravis is 

hard to say, hard to spell, and hard to deal with

but MGA is here to help.


  • 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 can make seeing, walking, smiling or even breathing, very difficult.
  • 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.


  • MGA of WPA is one of the oldest and largest organizations of its kind in the US.
  • MGA serves 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 more than 3,000 hits per month.
  • MGA offers a monthly support group at Allegheny General Hospital, at Heritage Valley in Beaver, and a virtual one on Facebook.
  • Our service partner, the Allegheny Health Network, classifies MGA as a regional center of excellence.
  • We provide expert diagnosis, treatment, care coordination, and advocacy to patients and their families.
  • We provide education and information to the medical community and the general public.
  • We serve more than 500 patients and their families annually.
  • MGA is committed to keeping our support services free of charge and our operations cost-effective and sustainable.
  • Last year, MGA served a total of 657 patients and MGA staff provided 12,623 units of service in education, advocacy and outreach. 

Contact Information

Maree Gallagher Phone: 412-566-1545