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The Myasthenia Gravis Association (MGA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of people with MG, a neuromuscular disease. We assist patients and their families in coping with this disease through education, diagnosis, treatment, and support. Read more…


Obituary for Richard Joseph “Dick” Giba

Richard Joseph “Dick” Giba passed away on January 21, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Giba and Helen Alice (Kozak) Giba, and his son, Andrew Michael Giba. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Therese (Lucich) Giba; his 2 daughters, Caroline Marie Lynden (Paul) and Elisa Marie Ghezzi (Stephen); eight grandchildren, Matthew Paul Lynden, Amanda Marie Lynden, Elena Therese Ghezzi, Joseph Stephen Ghezzi, Luke William Ghezzi, Natalie Marie Ghezzi, Dominic Jonathan Ghezzi, and Michael Fabian Ghezzi; two brothers, John Michael Giba (Cindy) of Wonder Lake, Illinois and Joseph John Giba of Canton, Georgia; and one sister, Kathleen Ann Giba of Greensboro, North Carolina. Dick met his wife Stephanie at Youngstown State University while both were undergrad students. He’d often say it was love at first sight. They married in 1964. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State in 1963, Dick began his professional career in the automotive industry with General Motors in Dayton, Ohio. While there he earned his Master’s in Business and Marketing from the University of Dayton. He left General Motors to work for the Upjohn Company in 1975, which brought him to the Detroit area in 1977. Dick loved his work and the people he worked with, so much so, that when he “retired” in 2001 from Dow Chemical Company, he immediately took a job with Solvay, and retired for a 2nd time 2 years later. Dick was a humble and self-effacing man, who would tell people he was a project manager, when really, he was the ultimate “networker” before anyone had coined the term, bringing together people from all aspects of the automotive industry to produce a single product—from conception to final production. Dick was the quintessential family man, who particularly loved being involved in the lives of his grandchildren, from chauffeur to golf coach. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, graciously serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in various capacities for 40 years. He especially enjoyed his early morning quiet time in the Adoration Chapel each week, was active as an extraordinary Eucharistic minister, and together with his wife Stephanie, led several marriage ministry programs, chief among them, the Living in Love marriage enrichment and marriage preparation series. A diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis in 2005 led Dick to the local support group and eventually to serve as president of the Detroit area Myasthenia Gravis Association for over a decade. Dick was an avid golfer from his youth, with a handicap of 17, and all who knew him knew that when he had free time he would be on the links from early spring till just before the first snow fall each year. He will be sorely missed, this wonderful man of God, by family and friend alike. Rest in peace, dear one, till we meet again. Visitation will be held Friday, January 31, 2020 at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 Ave Maria Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 where a visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass. Interment will take place immediately following the mass at Arborcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Association, 1000 John R, Suite 111, Troy, MI 48083 (mgadetroit.com) or to the Pastoral Matrimonial Renewal Center marriage ministry (livinginlove.org).
You can visit the tribute page HERE.

MGA HOLIDAY PARTY

Are you ready for the holidays? MGA knows how busy it is between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we have scheduled our Holiday Party for Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 12 noon to 3:00pm, at The Venetian Club, 29310 John R, Madison Heights, MI, 48071 (between 12 Mile and 13 Mile).

This is a great way to spend time with your family and friends before all the busyness of the holidays begin. Bring your children and grandchildren to get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, while enjoying a great lunch and creating lasting memories.

You should have received the Holiday Party flyer in the mail. Please register by filling out the bottom of the form and mailing it to the MGA office at 1000 John R, Suite 111, Troy, MI, 48083 before 11/15/2019. You may also call the MGA office at (248) 591-4419 and register over the telephone. Be sure to include the names and ages of the children that are attending so they are included in a special surprise from Santa.

We are looking forward to another great turnout and hope to see you there!!

Download the Flyer HERE.


MGA EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM –
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – Live Webinar(s)

meet. listen. ask.
Join a live webinar about generalized Myasthenia Gravis (gMG)

WHAT
• Listen to a physician speak about a treatment for adult patients with anti-AChR+ gMG
• Hear from a gMG patient or caregiver
• Ask questions & gather information to discuss with your doctor

WHEN
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:30pm (ET) – James Winkley, MD
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:30pm (ET) – Anthony Geraci, MD

HOW
Register at alexiongMGevents.com or call 833-MGEVENT (833-643-8368). Instructions will be sent to you 2 days prior to the webinar.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals is extending its Education Program to hosting Live Webinars for gMG patients and their caregivers. You can listen to guest speakers and even communicate live from the comfort of your own home.

For more information, see the attached flyer or call the MGA office at (248) 591-4419. You can also refer to the MGA website at mgadetroit.com for additional information.


MGA EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM VIDEOS AVAILABLE

MGA has compiled a list of videos from our Education Symposiums from 1999 to 2017 which are available for you to borrow upon request. Available inventory can be found by clicking on the heading “Patient Information” above. The list contains the main speaker, topic of discussion (when available) and Media (VCR and/or DVD).

If you are interested in viewing any of these videos, please send an email to mgadetroit1@hotmail.com or mail your request to MGA, 1000 John R, Suite 111, Troy, MI, 48083. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MGA office at 248-591-4419.


AMAZON SMILE & KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS – HELP MGA!!

For those who are not aware, Amazon and Kroger each has a charitable giving program that gives back to your charity of choice (MGA) for each dollar spent.  It does not cost you anything and you do NOT lose your Kroger plus card discounts by enrolling in this program.  Since the loss of our United Way contribution, it is very important to MGA to receive contributions in as many ways as possible.  These programs do not cost you anything, except the time it takes to Enroll and is very much appreciated by those suffering from Myasthenia Gravis who receive the benefit of your enrollment.

Learn How to Enroll and Designate MGA.


SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Do you need information about MG and its treatment?
  • Would you like to meet with others who are living with MG?
  • Do you have questions and concerns about coping with MG?

If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, you may be interested in attending a New Patient Orientation Meeting or a Support Group Meeting. Please call us if you have any questions about these meetings. Office: 248-591-4419

NEW PATIENT ORIENTATION

An orientation meeting for patients and family is offered in the Troy office. Staff members and other patients can be available to answer your questions. Please call ahead to let us know if you are interested. Office: 248-591-4419

Click meeting location for more information.

Metro Support Group – Warren
Ann Arbor Support Group – Ypsilanti

 

Counseling available upon request at the MGA office.
Call for an appointment.
248-591-4419 or 800-227-1763

“Remember MGA in Your Will”