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A Good Citizen Arrested for Muscular Dystrophy

November 12, 2009

Category: Business & Economics, Events, Faculty

by Catawba Students Elvis Torbush, Laura Davis, and Christian Rogers

Professor Pamela Thompson NEEDS YOUR HELP! I'm going behind bars for "GOOD"



On November 19th I will be incarcerated and need to raise $3000 for Muscular Dystrophy in order to bailed out of jail. Your donation is my key to freedom!   Be proud of the fact that together we're providing help and hope to kids and adults served by MDA in our community."

- Pamela Thompson
(Ketner School of Business, Catawba College)

Catawba College's Professor Thompson's First-Year Seminar class has taken on a major project for the cause of Muscular Dystrophy. We are banding together to help raise $3,000 to help free our professor and good citizen out of jail. We want to reach the community and inform them of muscular dystrophy.

We have a Facebook cause page: Muscular Dystrophy and a Twitter cause page: Salisbury Lock Up. Join, donate, and help spread the word. Any donations will be accepted with great appreciation, even donations as little as a dollar. Your donations will be helping with the following:

  • $30 - Flu Shot ;
  • $82 -1 Minute of Research ;
  • $100 - Support Group Session ;
  • $800 - Child to MDA Summer Camp ;
  • $2,000 - Assist with Wheelchair or Leg Braces ;
  • $4,000 - Cabin of 5 friends at MDA Summer Camp

Find out more information and donate online by visiting: or e-mail for more information!

Muscular dystrophy is an inherited group of muscle disorders, which causes a slow but progressive degeneration of the muscles. There are various different types of muscular dystrophy Becker's muscular dystrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, myotonic muscular dystrophy, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, Landouzy-Dejerine muscular dystrophy and facloscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, which are also known as Steinert's disease.

Duchenne's muscular dystrophy will produce symptoms between the ages of 3 and 7 in young boys. It begins with a weakness in the pelvic area first and then progresses to the shoulder muscles. As the disorder escalates the muscles weaken and enlarge although the muscle tissue is weak. The heart muscle will also enlarge creating problems with the heartbeat that can be detected on an electrocardiogram. In most cases the young man affected will have a waddling walk, will often fall, will have difficulty rising from a sitting position, has a difficult time climbing stairs, will be unable to fully extend the arms and legs, and may develop scoliosis or an abnormally curved spine. In most cases young men with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy are confined to a wheel chair between the ages of 10 and 12. Becker's muscular dystrophy produces symptoms that are less severe and usually appear around age 10.

Myotonic dystrophy affects the muscles in the hands and feet. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy begins late in childhood affecting mainly the muscles of the shoulders and hips. Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy affects only the muscles of the upper arms, face and shoulder girdle.

Landouzy-Dejerine muscular dystrophy, which is transmitted by an autosomal dominant gene, affects the face, shoulder and lower leg muscles. Steinert's disease affects both males and females causing the muscles to be unable to relax after contracting while Thomsen's disease causes a stiffness of the legs, hands and eyelids. Pompe's disease, which is a glycogen storage disease, affects the liver, heart, nerves and muscles. Although there is no known cure for muscular dystrophy, exercise and physical therapy are recommended. Corticosteriod drugs and gene therapies are being studied to help relieve the symptoms.




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