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Mission, Values, and Strategic Plan


Jane Ellsworth founded the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc. (MGFA) in 1952, when her teenage daughter, Pat, was diagnosed with the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis (MG). Finding that little information was available, Jane established the MGFA as a foundation whose mission was to have "A World without MG."


Today the MGFA has grown into the largest, leading patient advocacy organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for MG while improving the lives of people living with the disease. More than 70,000 are diagnosed and living with MG in the United States alone. Those with myasthenia suffer with profound, debilitating physical symptoms such as extreme fatigue and muscle weakness that impact a person’s ability to see, swallow, smile, walk or breathe.


MGFA continues Jane Ellsworth's efforts to help patients and their families by funding the most promising research discoveries for better treatments and a cure while providing impactful programs, guidance, and education to help support members of the MG Community. 


Learn more about how we support those with MG and work towards a cure.


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Our Vision: A World Without MG

Our Mission: Create Connections, Enhance Lives, Improve Care, Cure MG

Our Values

RESPECT: We strive for an inclusive organization that strengthens our ability to fulfill our mission. We support and celebrate diversity of thought and individual experience. We earn trust through consistent demonstration of integrity, ethical behavior, and uncompromising professionalism.


EXCELLENCE: We are committed to excellence in all we do. We are accountable to one another and the public for our decisions on behalf of MGFA and the MG community. Through the judicious use of human and financial resources, we are leading the MG community into a world without MG.


TRANSPARENCY: We support an organizational culture that promotes broad involvement in decision-making, open and direct communication, cooperation and teamwork.


COLLABORATION: We believe that progress is derived from collaboration that emerges from positive relationships in advancing research, education and patient services.


CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: We face every challenge knowing that new solutions will be required to manage the increasingly complex environment in which we operate. We approach our work with creativity to solve the issues that we face personally and professionally.


The MGFA Strategic Plan

Please READ the MGFA Strategic Plan devised by the Board of Directors with critical input and guidance from members of the MG community.


Mission Delivery Strategies:

  • Create a robust resource network to improve access and enhance lives for those with MG.
  • Build a nationwide support network for those affected by MG.
  • Spearhead and support promising research on MG.
  • Improve time to diagnosis and care for MG through professional education, diagnostic tools and outreach.
  • Raise awareness about MG through advocacy, communications and education.


We invite you to learn more about our work, our impact, and the compelling stories of those that we serve by viewing our MG Awareness Video.  

A World Without MG