Jacksonville community leaders go behind bars for MDA in two weeks

Jacksonville Business and Community Leaders “Do a Little Time” at MDA Lock-Up Event to Support Families Fighting Muscle Disease

JACKSONVILLE, NC July 29, 2015 —  Business and community leaders from the Jacksonville area will “do a little time and a lot of good” to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraising event.

MDA Lock-Up

Community Leaders have volunteered to “go behind bars” as part of MDA’s Lock-Up event on August 12th at City of Jacksonville’s Center for Public Safety on 200 Marine Boulevard between 10AM – 3PM.

During the event, participants — “Jailbirds” — will be locked up for one hour as they attempt to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, and co-workers to make a contribution to directly benefit MDA families in the Jacksonville area.

“MDA’s Lock-Up theme helps illustrate what a serious problem neuromuscular disease is and why we need to do something about it now. Jailbirds only lose their freedom for one hour, but for children and adults fighting muscle disease, the loss of mobility and the challenges that result when muscles stop working are progressive and permanent,” said Senior Fundraising Coordinator, Liz Shirley. “It is thanks to the support from our Lock-Up participants and generosity from community members that we will raise critical funds and awareness to help families who live with these debilitating effects live stronger, longer lives.”

Funds raised through Lock-Up donations help MDA create a world free from the harmful effects of muscle diseases that often take away people’s ability to walk, move, talk, smile and even breathe.

Dollars raised also help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp Hanes in King, North Carolina and nearly 80 other locations nationwide. Camp could not be made possible without the help of community-oriented people like our “jailbirds”.

MDA Clinic

To learn more about the MDA Lock-Up program and how to get involved, contact Senior Fundraising Coordinator, Liz Shirley at 910.763.3114 or eshirley@mdausa.org or visit mda.org/LockUp.


I, Michael D. Hudson – Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine, will be locked up for MDA on August 12, 2015. The bail has been set at $3,200.00. Please donate to my account for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help those who so desperately need it! LET’S PLEASE SHOW how much our community cares for those less fortunate.

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The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

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