Summa Western Reserve Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will play host to a Muscular Dystrophy Lock-Up Fundraiser on Thursday, January 24th, 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. The hospital will house staff and community fundraisers in its auditorium located at 1900 23rd Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. The event is open to the public and anyone who would like to participate or make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association can contact Kathy Romito at (330) 971-7408.
The MDA Lock-Up program fundraiser is part of a year-round initiative designed to unite local business and community leaders who agree to be "locked up" for having a "big heart." The premise of the event is that participants are locked up in one location until they raise bail for release (a.k.a. funds to support the MDA). Before and/or during the event, the “jailbird” participants let friends and colleagues know that they are going “behind bars” at a location unless they are “released” via funds they can raise. Monies collected help provide services for individuals affected by Muscular Dystrophy and provide local support in the form of flu shots, critical research, free clinic visits, and aid to send local children living with a neuromuscular disease to MDA summer camps.
“We are excited to be partnered with Summa Western Reserve Hospital and thank them for hosting our lock-up event,” said Katie Thom, Divisional Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “Because of this support and the generous donation of event space, we are able to keep our expenditures to a minimum and therefore allow more funds to go directly to patient services.”
All funds raised during the January 24th event at Summa Western Reserve will help children and adults in Northeast Ohio living with a muscular disease. The total bail goal is set at $2400, which will also help send three local children to the MDA Summer Camp called, “Camp Cheerful” in Strongsville, OH.