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Monday, July 16, 2012

pop-we Founder Turns Jailbird for MDA’s Most Wanted Fundraiser

If you lived in Omaha like most of our population-we™ contributors you grew up watching the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) annual Labor Day weekend telethon. This was before cable television, and every year a big screen actor and local TV personality had us kids wanting to raise money for this cause. Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis and Omaha’s own Dr. San Guinary raised ample amounts of money for MDA.

With Jerry Lewis at the helm and seeing kids with MDS our age in wheelchairs -- Jerry’s Kids -- we’d plead our parents to call in with a donation to the telethon. Locally, Dr. San Guinary was a strong supporter of research on finding a cure for MDS and always put a scary but zany slant on raising money for "Jerry's Kids." My brother, sister and I all adored him. We’d get special permission to stay up late to watch “Creature Feature.” So, under Dr. San Guinary’s direction we’d scour the neighborhood with milk jugs looking for donations for the MDA telethon.

I’m taking up raising money for this cause once again. Today, I’m going to raise money for bail. You read it right -- bail. I’m going to be locked-up for “Good” at Omaha’s Downtown Executive Lock-Up for MDA on Thursday, July 26. I’m charged with having a “Big Heart,” and my bail has been set at $2,400. So, I’m asking population-we™ readers to help raise my bail money, which is tax deductible.

“Your ‘Bail Money’ will help support individuals in Nebraska affected by muscular dystrophy by providing clinic services, support groups, research grants, and a Summer Camp in Cozad, Nebraska,” said Kristin Schemahorn, MDA Warden.

I will Facebook and Tweet  my MDA day of being “Behind Bars for Good!”

The day will entail:

- Sentenced to serve time at MDA’s maximum appreciation “jail site” at Downtown Upstream;

- Mug shot taken;

- Jailhouse grub; and

- Meet other “MDA Jailbirds” from the Omaha community;

By jailbirds like myself committing to be one of MDA’s “Most Wanted,” MDA is able to provide help and hope to children and adults with MDA in our community. MDA's goal is to raise $52,000 this year. That's enough money to send 65 kids to MDA Summer Camp or provide 11 hours of MDA funded research. To contribute to my bail fund, click on this link.

“Your 100 percent tax-deductible donation will help MDA continue research into the causes of and cures for 43 neuromuscular diseases,” Schemahorn said. “Your support of the MDA Lock-Up will also help MDA provide repairs to durable medical equipment, clinic visits and summer camp for people in our local area.”

To our population-we™ readers who help bail me out -- thanks for making my bail and making a difference. Because it takes only one muscle to make a real difference, your heart!

- population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
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