Raising Money to Fight Muscle Disease

March 20, 2014

Charlottesville leaders took a break from work on Wednesday to go to jail.

Picked up and locked up by police, each person spent time behind bars at a mock jail at Bonefish Grill to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The event helps raise money for local children and adults living with muscle disease.

Once they were checked in, participants got busy calling family and friends to get donations to bail them out.

"I'm looking forward to working for the next hour and trying to raise some money from my colleagues here in Charlottesville," said Len Mailoux.

"It was an honor to be able to do this," Cindi Burket said. "It's fun."

The MDA doesn't receive any government funding, so events like this are essential for them to provide their services.

"We provide annual flu shots," says Laura Kibler. "It may not sound like a big deal to you or I but for a person living with a neuromuscular disease it can really be a life saving measure."

The main goal for each jail bird is to raise enough money to send a child to summer camp, a beneficial but expensive experience that is out of reach for some families.

Patrick Perkins, a father of two, knows how important camps this these are.

"Every kid deserves to have a chance to have one fun week and if they have special needs it shouldn't preclude them from having that opportunity."

The camp costs $800 to attend. All the money raised by the MDA Lock Up will help the association provide lifesaving research, medical clinics and summer camp experiences for people affected by neuromuscular diseases.

(Summer camp video courtesy of MDA)

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