Clinton leaders going behind bars

From Eastern Carolinas Muscular Dystrophy

Business and community leaders from the Clinton area are being “locked up” on June 27 at Coharie Country Club while they raise money for “bail” to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Funds raised will help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility.

Over 200 participants have volunteered to go behind bars as part of MDA’s fundraising program. During the event, participants, called jailbirds, will be locked up for one hour as they attempt to raise bail by calling on their friends, family and colleagues to contribute to MDA’s life-saving mission.

“Many MDA families in Sampson County are faced with the daily challenges brought on by the effects of diseases like muscular dystrophy, ALS, and spinal muscular atrophy. Everyday freedoms like walking, talking and even breathing can be taken away by these muscle-debilitating diseases,” said Fundraising Coordinator Katherine Fullwood. “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.”

Last year, dedicated participants raised $10.3 million through Lock-Up for MDA.

Every dollar raised through Lock-Up benefits MDA’s mission to fund groundbreaking research across diseases and provide individuals with life-enhancing programs and support services, including state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care at the MDA Care Center at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for local kids, where they can experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Victory Junction.

To learn more about the Lock-Up program and how to get involved, contact Fundraising Coordinator Katherine Fullwood at 910-763-3114 or [email protected], or visit

About MDA

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

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Lock-up event to support Muscular Dystrophy Association

From Eastern Carolinas Muscular Dystrophy