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S&A Participate in “Lock Up” Program to Raise Funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association

“Skidmore & Associates.  May I help you?” answered the S&A switchboard operator.  “Yes, you can send someone down to help me make bail!  I’m in a MDA Lock Up”, replied Attorney Spiros Vasilatos, Jr.  This was the initial phone call Spiros made as a participant in the Lock Up fundraising program sponsored by the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (“MDA”).  Spiros was in a makeshift holding cell at the Radisson in Akron, Ohio.  He had to raise donations before he could be released.  The donations would help get Spiros out, but, more importantly, it helped 13-year old “Brandon” get into MDA Summer Camp!

Muscular dystrophies (“MD”) are a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement.  There is no specific treatment for any forms of MD.  MD is caused by incorrect or missing genetic information that prevents the body from making the proteins needed to build and maintain healthy muscles.  Brandon wrote us a letter entitled, “This is What I Think About Camp Cheerful.”  “It is awesome at Camp . . . [we all] do crazy things, and sometimes, we all laugh till we cry”, wrote Brandon.  “It is always sad [on the last night] and we get tears in our eyes because we will miss everyone since we have to wait until next year to have this much fun again!” Brandon added.

S&A got to work and called clients, friends and family to raise the money to send Brandon to Camp Cheerful located in Strongsville, Ohio.  Camp Cheerful provides a wide range of activities specifically designed for kids who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs.  “It took no time to raise the money to get sprung,” said Spiros.  “Although, I think the firm took its good old time delivering the bail to get me out of the cell.” Spiros laughed.

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