On Thursday June 24, 2010 I went behind bars for a good cause, Jerry’s Kids. Every year Muscular Dystrophy Association does various fund raising drives and their “Lock-up” is just one of the ways they work to raise money for the kids affected with Muscular Dystrophy.
If you followed me on Facebook or Twitter or were one of the lucky ones to get the emails from me asking for “bail money” then you know the story of why I volunteered to do this (aside from it being a great cause). Our oldest daughter has been involved in the Miracle League at Town and Country for the last few years now, going to every game possible to help as a buddy. You can learn more about the Miracle League by going to their website here. She signed up the first year and for a young teenager I have to be honest I thought she would make one or two games and get bored and move on to something else. She proved me wrong and I am very proud of her for doing that.
When I got the call from M.D.A. to get locked up, I said yes. I got a chance to help out Jerry’s Kids, as well as follow in the footsteps of our daughter and help others. By helping children living with a condition that some of her baseball players live with it was also my own little way of giving back to her for her hard work.
When I arrived at lock up I had already raised just over $1500 and was very close to reaching my “bail amount” of $2000. I raised an additional $200 during my lock up and am inching my way closer to the finish line. Even though I am out of jail donations can still be made by clicking here to make a secure, tax-deductible, online donation. I have a little under 30 days from today before my site is closed and I would love to not only see that $2,000 but possibly even $3 or $4,000! Big dreams I know, but you never know what big hearted person is going to come across this blog and give to a great cause.
Thank you to M.D.A for letting me be a part of this, and for doing such a great job for some very special people. Thank you to Shelby for being my inspiration and for all that you do. And to my friends and colleagues that took time out to go to the site and make a donation, thank you. Thank you for supporting me and for supporting this wonderful cause and giving to these deserving children, for making a difference in their lives.
To learn more about what M.D.A. does go to www.mda.org
To learn more about the Miracle League at Town and Country http://miracle.tandcsports.org/
To make a donation on my MDA site go to https://www.joinmda.org/MyLockup/MyHomepage/tabid/134209/Participant/pmcarlson/Default.aspx