With cell phones in one hand and a pen in the other, around 100 Neosho residents, business and civic leaders participated in Thursday’s MDA Lock Up – held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Best Western Big Spring Lodge.
One of the “jail birds” was Lisa Loring of Neosho’s Walmart.
The Neosho Daily News asked her and Lacey Goins, executive director of the MDA office in Joplin, about the event.
NDN: Is this your first time participating in the MDA Lock Up?
Loring: Yes it is.
NDN: Why did you decide to volunteer an hour of your time today for this?
Loring: I am really big in the MDA with Walmart and we do the Bowl-a-Thon, so I thought that it would be fun to do this to.
NDN: You came in a little after 11 a.m. Thursday for this, how are you doing so far?
Loring: I have got $250 (so far).
NDN: Lacey, what is their bail set at?
Goins: Their bail has been set at $800 (each), which is the cost to send one child with muscular dystrophy to camp for the week.
NDN: Personally, do you know of anybody who has muscular dystrophy?
Loring: I do not.
NDN: You definitely see the need for MDA?
Loring: Absolutely. My husband and I are real big into volunteering, we own West 60 Cycle, and we do a lot of volunteering out there. This is just my turn to give back.
NDN: What would you encourage people that may have not done this MDA Lock Up before?
Loring: Just get out there, participate. You have to have some part of you that is willing to give. We can’t just take, take, take, we have to give back.
NDN: Have you had some new participants this year?
Goins: We have, but we have also had some new people as well.
NDN: Your goal this year for Neosho was at $18,000, how did you do?
Goins: Right now (as of the end of the Lock Up), it is at $11,000.
What is muscular dystrophy?
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Web site, “The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of MD are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. The disorders differ in terms of the distribution and extent of muscle weakness (some forms of MD also affect cardiac muscle), age of onset, rate of progression, and pattern of inheritance.”
Page 2 of 2 - More than one million Americans are affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases. About 250,000 have some form of muscular dystrophy.
What does the money go to?
• $800 Sends one child to MDA Summer Camp.
• $500 Assists with one person for a year with the repair of a wheelchair or leg braces.
• $300 Provides an initial diagnostic work-up at one of MDA’s 200 hospital-affiliated clinics.
• $100 One support group session.
• $70 One minute of research.
• $30 One flu shot.
• 77 percent of every dollar MDA spends goes directly to research, health care services and education; 14 percent to fundraising; and 9 percent for administration costs. MDA maintains more than 200 clinics, including 40 MDA/ALS centers.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. In addition to funding ground-breaking research, MDA maintains some 230 clinics nationwide, including one at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, local support groups and a summer camp for kids with muscle-wasting diseases at Camp Windemere in Roach, Mo.
For more information, contact MDA at 781-8600.