Citizens go to jail to raise money for muscular dystrophy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Region 8 residents temporarily went to jail in order to help a worthy cause.

Omar's Uptown in Jonesboro hosted a "Lock Up" on Friday for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Around two hundred community members agreed to give up an hour of their time to raise money for MDA.

Executive Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central Arkansas, Erica Dierich, says Jonesboro residents have big hearts.

"Several people actually started raising some of the money beforehand," Dierich said. "So, some will come in with money and just work to get as much money as the can for MDA."

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a national organization that is organized as a local charity.

Dierich says any money raised will go to local families.

"We actually have around five hundred families in the central Arkansas and Jonesboro area that are served by MDA," Dierich said. "We do things for them like fund clinics at UAMS and Arkansas Childrens Hospital for muscular dystrophy. We do repairs to durable medical equipment. We also have a loan equipment program where we're able to give chairs, communication devices and anything these patients need on loan."

Forrest City resident Dominique White said when she first heard about the fundraiser she felt it was something she needed to volunteer for.

"I have cerebral palsy," White said. "It's something sort of similar to muscular dystrophy and I just felt like any support that these children and people with muscular dystrophy in general can get will be of help. Even the smallest donation, everything can be a benefit."

Jail birds were asked to give up one hour of their time or hit their $2, 000 jail bail money mark.

Dierich says the Muscular Dystrophy Association is also funds world wide research.

"We are also the largest funder of muscular dystrophy research," Dierich said. "As well as ALS research. We have so many research initiatives that we do, trying to find cures for this disease."

Jonesboro resident Alma Wallace also volunteered to be a jail bird.

Wallace says people need to do whatever they can to help.

"Any support you do will help," Wallace said. "Anything you do to help any family in crisis will be a blessing. Just coming out to support even if you don't have any money, just to help raise something for these children."

Dierich says one minute of research takes $74 to fund.

$100 will pay for a visit to the clinic and $800 will send one child to MDA summer camp.

For more information about how you can help, log onto this website.

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