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About Us

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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A World Without MG