The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has announced their annual “Lock-Up” will be coming to Dallas this year. Rostin Ventures along with Social Media Outreach are proud to announce their support of this great cause.
MDA is nonprofit dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy by funding research as well as providing health care, advocacy and education services to those affected by muscular dystrophy. MDA currently has 200+ offices located around the United States that sponsor 200+ medical clinics and funds more than 300 research projects internationally.
Each year, MDA “arrests” a group of community and business leaders for having a big heart. The “jailbirds” have a few weeks before their lock-up to raise their “bail.” Because their bail has already been raised before the day of the event, the business and community leaders are given a chance to mingle and network among one another as well as meet the families who will benefit from the funds they’ve helped raise during the lockup.
All funds raised by the Lock-Up help fund MDA’s goals of funding research, creating a national network of medical clinics and providing summer camp experiences to individuals and their families affected by neuromuscular diseases.
MDA is the United State’s largest, non-government funder of neuromuscular disease research. Their funding has provided research to determine the genetic underpinnings of many diseases including muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and many more. Now that the genetic underpinnings have been determined, MDA is providing the funding for scientists to find innovative new treatments and hopefully, cures.
The MDA’s national network of medical clinics provides diagnostic testing and any follow-up medical treatment needed as well as flu shots for those affected by muscular dystrophy or other muscular diseases.
MDA also aims to enrich the lives of those affected by muscular diseases. One of the ways it does this is by providing children and their families with a summer camp experience. MDA encourages anyone interested in helping MDA to volunteer with their summer camp program. Another way MDA enriches lives is by educating the public about muscular diseases and providing representation in public policy and research advancement internationally.
The Lock-Up is one of MDA’s most popular fundraisers, taking place in dozens of cities around the nation. If you would like to help with an MDA event in your city, call the MDA office at 1-800-572-1717.
There are also numerous other ways to get involved with MDA. Consider volunteering at an MDA summer camp or making a donation. For more information about becoming involved with MDA, visit their website.
Leonie Industries, an international firm that specializes in helping their clients understand and communicate with local people in diverse or inaccessible areas around the world through innovative, culturally-attuned global strategic communication solutions and Social Media Outreach would like to encourage participation in the Wounded Warrior Project’s 8K run.
The Wounded Warrior’s annual 8K run is being held in Jacksonville, Florida on September 8th and in San Antonio, Texas on September 16th this year. Each participant is asked to raise a minimum fundraising goal of $99. All funds raised will go towards funding the Wounded Warrior Project’s numerous programs designed to enhance the life of veterans.
Some of the programs the Wounded Warrior Project is involved in including helping wounded veterans find employment, pursue higher education, recover from post-traumatic stress disorder, and lobbying for veterans’ rights.
If you’re interested in participating in the 8K, the Wounded Warrior Project offers the following training tips:
1. Consult a doctor to make sure it is safe to begin a training program. To prepare for an 8K, an average adult will need 8-10 weeks of training.
2. Set attainable goals based on your starting point. If you can jog 25 minutes comfortably during week one, try to jog for 30 minutes during week two.
3. Increase mileage sensibly. Don’t overexert yourself at the beginning of your training program. You want to steadily increase your mileage each week.
4. Incorporate resting days into your training. Rest days allow your muscles to rebuild, making you stronger in the end.
5. Vary your workout regimes. Doing the same workout routine each day is not only boring, it doesn’t produce maximum results. Consider having some days be your distance days where you test your endurance and some days being your speed days where you work on increasing your speed.
6. Pay attention to nutrition and hydration. Intensive training changes your dietary needs. This is something to talk to your doctor about before you begin training. Also, be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to remain hydrated.
7. Make sure to stretch. Stretching before and after workouts decreases the amount of soreness you will feel the next day.
8. NEVER IGNORE PAIN! Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Never ignore it.
The Wounded Warrior Project needs businesses to sponsor the run. Sponsorship can take the form of monetary donations or volunteering. For more information about sponsoring one of the 8K runs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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