The Advanced Course of Social Security Disability & SSI

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The Social Security Counseling Center is offering a seminar on “The Advanced Course of Social Security Disability & SSI” scheduled for October 18, 2017, at the Westin Southfield Detroit, Algonquin Ballroom, 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI, 48075, from 8:15 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Itinerary:

  • 8am-9am:  Sign-in and Continental Breakfast
  • 9am-12pm:  Seminar – The Advanced Course of Social Security Disability & SSI – “The things Social Security doesn’t tell you.

Price:  $35.00 per attendee.  Visit this site for more information and to register for the event in advance: http://www.sshelpcenter.com/events/.

It is suggested that you have at least attended one of their previous sessions on the basics to gain the most from this upcoming event. Some of the topics to be discussed are returning to work while receiving benefits, in-kind support and maintenance deductions from SSI Benefits, events affecting SSI payments such as living arrangements, work activity, marital status including “significant other” relationships, presumptive disability, trial work periods, unsuccessful work attempts, and moving to another state or out of the country.

Social workers or case managers see Continuing Ed Credits information on registration form. For more information, go to http://www.sshelpcenter.com/events/.

 

The 24th Annual MGA Golf Classic Was a Great Success!

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Mark & Nancy Hosking and family – Leanne Hosking, Heather Hosking and Kristin & Mark Dalessandro!!!!

MGA appreciates all the time and effort the Hosking family has put in to help raise funds in support of MGA’s goal which is to assist persons diagnosed with MG, their families and/or caretakers. Read more about the event…

The event was held on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Inn at St. John Golf Course in Plymouth. The weather on golf day was just great. Mostly sunny with some clouds and cool. All 63 golfers had a great time, along with the volunteers. Theme baskets were again raffled, along with our major raffle.

Winners of the major raffle were:

1st Prize (Crystal Mountain golf/ski package) – Kathryn Chrzanowski
2nd Prize (Diamond Pendant donated by Weinstein Jewelers) – Helga Freitag
3rd Prize ($500) – Shawn Shelby

Additional raffle items were: A special Dino Ciccarelli Red Wing jersey, owned and donated by the Hosking family, which was personally autographed by Dino Ciccarelli and beautifully framed, and three Red Wings signed pictures donated by David Harrison.

We thank our members who supported not only the golf raffle, but also had family members golf for the benefit of MGA. Andrea Fuller’s sister and brother-in-law, Robert and Angela Long, brought 16 golfers to enjoy the day and great camaraderie. All the Hoskings golfed with their friends, as well as many of Mark’s business associates. Dick Giba, President of MGA and Jane Horal, MGA Board Vice-President also golfed, along with former Board member, Dale Shomo.

We would also like to thank our major sponsors – PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR SPONSORS:

Crystal Mountain Resort
Weinstein Jewelers of Novi
Miller Vein (Jeffrey H. Miller, MD)
ATM 1000 LLC
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Carl’s Golfland
Cornerstone Benefits
Cornerstone Group
Cranbrook Wealth Management
Government Cheese
Absopure Water

In addition, thank you to Miguel Perez, Golf Manager, Inn at St. John’s Golf Course and all his staff, including the servers at dinner, MGA Volunteers –Andy and Linda Lukacs, Raelene Tucker, Alex Tucker, Joanne Westenberg and Janet Bartello, and Joanne’s friends, Marge Jenkins and Nancy Williams, who came to volunteer. A special thank you to George Kingston who came all the way from Grand Blanc and Gary D’Alessandro, our Hole-in-One spotters, as well as our “carry-all” helpers.

Initiated this year was a golf auction provided by DC Sports (DetroitCitySports.com) that helped the MGA bottom line with additional proceeds. We thank them for their time and the great products that were brought in.

We deeply missed Fred Brown, our major golf raffle volunteer and best friend to MGA, who passed away in December, 2016. We express our thanks to Helen Brown, his widow, who purchased many raffle tickets, along with family members, to help MGA. Fred was part of the MGA golf event for over 10 years and Helen continues to support our work on behalf of persons struggling with this neuromuscular disease.

MGA 24th Annual Golf Classic Info & Registration

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Time: Registration 8:00 am
Scramble 9:00 am

Where: THE INN AT ST. JOHN’S GOLF COURSE “New Venue”
44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, Ml 48170
Phone: (734) 414-0600
Website: theinnatstjohns.com


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If you would like to register more than 3 Foursomes please use printable form or contact us directly. Thank you!

Contact Us:

Phone: 248-591-4419
Toll Free:  800-227-1763
Fax: 248-591-4423
E-mail: mgadetroit1@yahoo.com

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Please note the Early Bird Special for Foursomes will only be available until June 2, 2017 as well as the sponsorship opportunities for this event. If you can’t participate but would like to help sponsor this event fill out form here.

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MGA 24th Annual Golf Classic Online Registration & Payment

Online registration closes on Wednesday, June 14th at 12:00am.
We will still be accepting registration by phone  at (248) 591 - 4419 and registration at the event will also be accepted.

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Payment options: Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express and PayPal. A PAYPAL ACCOUNT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PAY. Look under the PayPal members login for a link to pay with a Credit Card. All payments are made through PayPal's secure payment portal.

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Please don't hesitate to call our office if you have any questions and/or issues with the online registration form. 


Phone: (248) 591-4419

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MGA Holiday Party 2016

 MYASTHENIA GRAVIS ASSOCIATION
2016 HOLIDAY PARTY

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016 12:30 P.M.
SAN MARINO CLUB (see map below)
COST: Adult – $22.00
Child – $12.00 (ages 6-12)
(Age 5 and under – Free)

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We Promise you a good time, good food, great entertainment & gifts for the children & grandchildren. 

Download and Print the MGA Holiday Party reservation form here.
Please return by: November 9, 2016 

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Contact us for more information:
Call: (248) 591-4419
Email: mgadteroit2@yahoo.com.

Location:
San Marino Club
1685 E. Big Beaver
Troy, MI 48083

2016 Golf Classic Raffle Winners

The MGA 23rd Annual Golf Classic and Raffle was held Friday, June 24 at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington Township, Michigan.

First Prize of $1000 went to Jake Veresh. Ticket seller was Heather Hosking. Jake is new to Michigan and said, “I never win anything.” Congratulations, Jake. Come back next year and try for a second win.

Second Prize of Golf for Four and overnight accommodations at Bay Harbor Golf Club in Petoskey, Michigan went to Ed Lynch of Rochester. Ticket seller was Mark Hosking. Congratulations, Ed.

Third Prize of $500 went to MGA’s longtime member, Jeanette Williams of Detroit. Jeanette couldn’t believe that she won! She also gave a donation to MGA from her winnings. Ticket was sold in the MGA office. Thank you, and congratulations Jeanette.

Golf Chairman, Mark Hosking and his team

Golf Chairman, Mark Hosking (far left) with his team, David Bernard, Sal Saputo and Tom Murar.

June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month

June is MG Awareness MonthJune is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month and we wanted to remind you of our annual golf outing to raise funds to support those affected by MG and their families. In order to give a human face to this disease we also wanted to share an excerpt from a letter written by Mark Hosking, our golf outing chairman, to all of his friends and colleagues, and a newsletter article written about his daughter Leanne.

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

Myasthenia Gravis affects all races, genders and at any age.  Most cases of MG are diagnosed in young women (Under 30) and older men (Over 55).  MG is not contagious. The major symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis are: blurred and/or double vision, involuntary drooping of the eyelids, slurred speech, weakness in facial muscles, difficulty in chewing and swallowing and sometimes breathing, difficulty in walking and talking and unusual tiredness in the arms and legs. Myasthenia Gravis is not a “well known” condition, but there are 36,000 Americans that have this disease right now.” – Mark Hosking (Mark’s daughter was diagnosed with MG in 2010.)

LIVING WITH MG – Leanne Hosking

If you met Leanne, you’d probably never guess she is battling a neuromuscular disease.   She is a lively 32-year-old woman who works full-time, exercises daily, and enjoys traveling the world.  But this wasn’t the case three years ago when she suffered from severe muscle weakness and fatigue.  She couldn’t drive at night and found it difficult to complete everyday tasks like getting dressed and brushing her teeth.  She battled double vision and scarily navigated her way through immigration in Germany with one eye covered because she refused to cancel a preplanned European vacation.

She was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis at Leanne Headshotthe age of 29 after suffering from noticeable muscle weakness in her arms. Shortly after diagnosis, she was referred to have a thymectomy, for which she sought Dr. Mark Orringer, thoracic surgeon at the University of Michigan Health System. Dr. Orringer referred her to neurologist Dr. James Teener for plasma exchange in preparation for the surgical removal of her thymus gland.  The actual surgery presented no major problems for her physically, but she still has not achieved remission of symptoms as hoped.  She is still under the care of Dr. Teener at U of M with her current course of treatment including two oral medications, CellCept and Mestinon, and biweekly plasmapheresis treatments.

Leanne works as a court clerk in the Detroit court system.  Luckily, she has a very supportive team of coworkers that permits her to receive plasmapheresis during work hours at the U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor.  On her current treatment plan, Leanne’s strength has stabilized and she has resumed her normal activities.  Leanne loves riding her bike and averages about 60 miles a week in the summer.  In addition to biking, she plays tennis, dances, and weight trains all to combat her fatigue and prevent muscle atrophy.

Since her diagnosis and surgery, she has traveled to Florida, Hawaii, and the Dominican Republic, as she finds the warm weather to be a favorable environment for her physical strength and well-being.  Leanne copes with the physical and mental challenges this rare disease presents with the help of her amazing support system of family, friends, and fellow MG patients.

MGA Walk/Run 2016

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Place: Lake St Clair Metropark (Par 3 Shelter)
31300 Metropolitan Parkway
Harrison Township, MI 48046

Time: Registration 9:00-9:45 am

Race start times: 5K—10:00 am, 1 Mile— 10:15

The weather is gorgeous and the Park is beautiful at this time of the year….I’ve already been there twice!  Registration form can be downloaded here if you want to be sure to get your t-shirt.

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Its also a wonderful family day so bring a picnic and enjoy this beautiful Michigan park on Lake St. Clair. You won’t be disappointed.  After the race, stay for the other park attractions:

Lakeside, walk along a 1,600 foot boardwalk overlooking the one-mile shoreline.
On the nature trails, hike through meadows, marshland or a grove of cottonwood
trees while you observe wildlife and waterfowl. Together, the wetlands and lake
shoreline make this a top bird-watching site, with more than 230 commonly-seen species.
Explore Lake St. Clair Metropark’s nature center and trails, play the par-3 golf course, or
Shipwreck Lagoon Adventure miniature golf course at your next picnic. Come throughout
the year to enjoy the beauty of 770-acre Lake St. Clair Metropark.

Click map to enlarge. Note new location: the Walk/Run will be held in Par 3 Shelter this year.

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Take a look at last years Walk/Run event.