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Community leaders jailed at own request

A unique way of raising money for children

Posted: December 1, 2008 9:43 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Local business and community leaders will be incarcerated Wednesday.

It's all part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual Lock Up.

A mock jail will be set up at Outback Steakhouse in Newhall, with local leaders volunteering to be arrested, then "serving time."

Jailbirds must raise their own bail by gathering MDA donations from friends and associates.

Money raised will be used for the local MDA chapter and help send children with neuromuscular diseases to MDA Summer Camp at the Painted Turtle or Loyola Marymount University.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.

MDA maintains about 230 clinics nationwide, including one at UCLA, as well as local support groups and a summer camp for kids with muscle-wasting diseases at the Painted Turtle in Lake Hughes.

The American Medical Association has recognized MDA with a Lifetime Achievement Award "for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity."

For more information or to donate money call the Muscular Dystrophy Association at (818) 981-8200.


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