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‘Jailbirds’ raising money for MDA

Local business and community leaders are ready to serve time behind bars — and to get out, they’re going to need people to put up bail for a worthy cause.

The Eastern Carolina Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Lock-Up event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Coharie Country Club, 101 Coharie Lane, Clinton. According to officials, money from the fundrasier will be used to “help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral sclerosis) and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility.”

Katherine Fullwood, fundraising coordinator for the Eastern Carolinas Muscular Dystrophy Association, is looking forward to the upcoming event. The last lock-up in Clinton was in 2014.

“We’re excited to come back,” Fullwood said. “We had a great amount of businesses who were willing to help us out.”

An effort is made to visit different locations during the summer. More than 200 “jailbirds” volunteered for the fundraising program to help patients with the condition which includes the weakening and degeneration of the muscles.

“They got to call their contacts, friends and families and say ‘help me raise funds so I can get out,’” Fullwood said. “That’s the fun part of it.”

Last year, participants raised $10.3 million. A few years ago, Sampson County collected more than $50,000. Proceeds will benefit MDA efforts such as research, and help for families and “The Best Week of the Year,” a summer camp that offers a variety of activities such as arts, crafts, sports, and games. support services also include state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care at the MDA Care Center at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.

Fullerwood is thankful for the participation from local businesses who are spending time to help people with MDA.

“It can be your neighbor or your friend and to be able to fund-raise for things like this and help your community out, I think it’s very important,” Fullwood said. “You never know the struggles that other people are going through and to take a little bit of your time to help fund-raise by making a call, text or making a Facebook post can help someone out so much.”

She added that many freedoms like walking, talking and even breathing can be taken away by the muscle debilitating diseases.

“But with support from our generous Lock-Up participants and community members, we can help change that by raising critical funds and awareness that will help kids and adults break free from the barriers that these life-threatening diseases often bring,” she said.

Interested business and community leaders may contact Fullerwood at 910-763-3114 or by email at Donations are also being accepted online at

Many local business and community professionals will participate in the MDA lock-up fundraiser. local business and community professionals will participate in the MDA lock-up fundraiser.
Lock-up event coming to Coharie Country Club

By Chase Jordan

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