The Pryor Times

November 16, 2012

Locked up in Pryor for MDA

PRYOR — More than 125 business and civic leaders from throughout the Pryor area plan to be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Holiday Inn Express.

Accused of having big hearts and being heavily armed with kindness, the “jailbirds”  volunteered to be part of MDA’s Lock-Up in order to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, co-workers and business contacts to make contributions to MDA that will directly benefit families in Eastern Oklahoma living with progressive muscle diseases.

Each MDA jailbird’s “bail” is set at $1,200 which will allow him/her to be released for good behavior.

MDA also assists jailbirds in creating personalized Lock-Up donation websites to help raise their bail ahead of time online. The links for these websites can be emailed to friends, family and co-workers who could make secure online donations.

“It’s amazing how our community jailbirds have rallied around MDA and are doing a great job as they continue to raise bail donations,” explained Natalie Estes, fundraising coordinator. “The actual day of the Lock-Up will be a fun celebration of the work each person did to help families who live right here in our community.”

Lock-Ups are one of MDA’s signature fundraising programs, benefiting local individuals living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related progressive muscle diseases in the Eastern Oklahoma area.

The event also will help send Eastern Oklahoma youngsters to a special week at MDA summer camp. Youngsters with muscle diseases, as well as the many volunteers who help create magic at MDA summer camp each year, enjoy a wide variety of activities designed specifically for youngsters with limited mobility. Some activities include fishing, swimming, power soccer, and arts and crafts.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides unparalleled health care services; advocates for the families it serves; and invests significant resources educating the medical and scientific communities, as well as the general public, about neuromuscular diseases affecting more than 1 million Americans.

MDA maintains a nationwide network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics — 38 of which are designed as MDA/ALS centers — that provide unparalleled medical and health care services to adults and children with neuromuscular diseases. Families in Eastern Oklahoma are encouraged to visit the MDA Clinic which is located at Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

For more information about MDA’s Lock-Up campaign, please contact Natalie Estes at 918-749-7997 or