Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) Member



When Jo Beth Barr, the owner of Ooh La La Boutique in Carnegie, contemplated her 60th birthday celebration, she decided to do it up big. After moving her boutique to Carnegie last year, she is thrilled with the way the community has supported her. As a board member of the Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA, and as someone with MG herself, she wanted to use her birthday as a reason to raise support and awareness for the disease. She invites everyone to join her on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at Cefalo's in Carnegie for The Purple Party.


Admission of $60 per person includes valet parking, heavy hors d' oeuvres, delicious desserts, a special Purple Party Cocktail, dancing to live music by the "Under the Covers" band, a chance to win one of 60 fabulous prizes, and much more! Guests who wear purple will also be entered into a free drawing for a special prize.


Space is limited. RSVP by January 20, 2017 by calling 412-566-1545.


Thanks to all who supported our 8th Annual Pooch Parade. It was a fabulous success! Please check out pictures and the list of supporters here.


MGA is a small but powerful and extremely cost-efficient organization that strives to be a good steward of the generous donations we receive from our supporters. A gift of any amount makes a big difference in our ability to continue treatment and support services to the more than 500 MG patients and their families that we serve every year. There are many ways to give to MGA including designating MGA in your local United Way Campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign or the State Employees Combined Appeal. See codes below.

United Way
MGA United Way Codes:
Allegheny #82
Beaver #4861
Butler #5981
Erie # 45146
Mon Valley #1178
Washington # 0082
Westmoreland #1178
PA State Employees combined Appeal #S460124
Combined Federal Campaign #38076

Welcome to the official Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western PA (MGA) website. MGA was created in 1955 and has a long history of serving those with myasthenia gravis. The organization is located in Pittsburgh, PA on the campus of Allegheny General Hospital and provides a variety of services for those affected by MG.


Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder that can affect a variety of muscles. The struggles for people with MG vary greatly. Symptoms can include difficulty eating, walking, lifting arms, grooming, talking, laughing, smiling, and at the very worst, even breathing. Thankfully, due to relentless efforts to support patients where ever they are with their symptoms, effective community outreach, and the search for new and effective forms of treatment, many patients can still live active fulfilling lives. MG has become a disease that people die with and not from. You can learn more about MG and access materials on our About MG page.


MGA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on community support to continue the important services offered to patients free of charge. Even though MGA is based in Pennsylvania, we regularly assist people all over the world with free materials. Our goal is to provide a higher quality of life to those with MG along the way to helping to find a cure. If you're new the website and want to see what we have to offer, please view our services.


The mission of The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania 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.


The vision of The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania is to enable the best possible quality of life of all persons affected by Myasthenia Gravis as long as it exists as an incurable disorder.