The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will be holding a Lock Up at Matt’s Steakhouse on Thursday, April 24. Participants will be “locked up” until they raise enough money to be “bailed out.” Each inmate will donate an hour of their time, or less if there are time restraints, and are requested to ask friends and family for donations for the cause.
Food and drinks will be served during incarceration and gifts will be given depending on how much is raised. This year, it is easier than ever to get the word out for donations. The MDA will give participants a link they can share via email, Facebook, twitter, and other media that links to their personal MDA website. It will track how much has been raised and who donated.
Bonuses will be given for money raised. At $100, participants will get their name in a drawing for a Kindle Fire, at $25 they will receive an MDA T-shirt, and at $500 a Make Your Bail personal plaque will be awarded. Every participant will also receive a mug shot.
All proceeds will be used for research and programs for those suffering with muscular dystrophy. Programs include assisting with therapist, professional fees related to diagnostic work, repairs of medical equipment, and MDA children’s programs, to name a few. Those wanting to sign up online can do so by visiting www.mdalockup.org/rollamolu. A username and password will be registered and an email will be sent with personal webpage forms. The lockup is free to participants and will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 12200 Dillon Outer Road, Rolla.
The MDA provides a worldwide research program, annually funding more than 300 research projects around the world. Funding, from programs like the lock up, provide a national network of 200 or more medical clinics, summer camps for children with neuromuscular diseases, local support groups, online opportunities, a library of information in print and online about research, clinical trials, and healthcare, advocacy and community resources, and public awareness programs.