Mary Gregory & Brenda Yurcina of the Soldotna Medical Clinic do time during the MD Lockup.
Indicted for having big hearts, residents of the Central Peninsula were incarcerated at Sourdough Sal’s in Soldotna last week. The purpose of the bust according to Malane Harbour, district director for the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. (MDA) was to raise funds to send children with MD to summer camp, “Their bail was set at $1,200 which is what it costs to send two kids with MD to summer camp here in Alaska,” said Harbour. The MDA summer camp is held in Birchwood and features activities geared to the special needs of those with neuromuscular diseases.
The MDA is a voluntary health agency, a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect hundreds of Alaskan families. Additionally MDA helps clients and their families meet the problems imposed by a chronic, progressive disease. A monthly clinic is held at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage that provides diagnosis, therapeutic and rehabilitative care. Support groups are also offered to help families cope with the special challenges created by a neuromuscular disorder and all services are provided at no charge.
Claire Keene of Tina's Hair Salon takes a pledge to make her bail during the MD Lockup last week.
The Kenai Soldotna event raised over $26,000 and with pledges still coming in officials hope that total may exceed $28,000. Leading the MDA jailbirds is Larry Pannell, of Northstar Paving & Construction. Larry raised $1,380 and will be rewarded with a digital camera from MDA for his “good behavior.” On December 16th a drawing for a portable DVD player will be held and all “Jail-Birds” who raised $600 or more will be eligible for the drawing. Contributions may still be sent to MDA at 121 W. Fireweed Lane, #100, Anchorage, AK 99503. For more information call Malane Harbour at 276-2131.
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