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Story Last modified at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Benefit lock-up help appreciated

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Anchorage community for their incredible support during our "Most Wanted" Midtown Lock-Up, to benefit the Alaska chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Everyone worked hard on June 22, calling friends and business associates to raise over $40,000 in charitable contributions to benefit the local programs of the MDA. Special thanks to our "jailbirds," who dedicated their time and effort to raising funds and providing help and hope to Alaskan families living with a neuromuscular disease.

A large part of the success of the event is due to various local businesses and community leaders who sponsored and supported the event. I would like to thank Sea Galley for hosting the Midtown Lock-Up and Avis Alaska for providing "jailbird" transportation. Also, special thanks to the volunteer from the Midnight Sun Street Rod Association who acted as the "arresting officer" and the volunteers who helped take "mug shots" of the "jailbirds."

It's been proven time and time again that the Anchorage community cares enough to make a difference. The dollars raised from the Midtown Lock-Up translate into direct local patient services that benefit families who live in our community. Services are provided at no cost to families and include monthly MDA clinics at Alaska Neurology Center, support groups for MDA clients and families, assistance with loaned durable medical equipment and repairs, and a magical week at MDA Summer Camp for children age 6-17 at Birchwood Camp. These are just some of the services MDA Alaska can provide because of the generous support from community leaders, teachers, business owners and others.

Thank you for making a muscle and making a difference in the fight against neuromuscular disease.

– Ashley Bice

Executive director, MDA Alaska

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.