My name is Ashley Pearl. I am 11 years old, and I am glad my dad is going to “jail!”
Not a real jail; instead, it’s the kind of jail that helps children with muscular dystrophy, MD for short. He’ll be performing at Duke’s restaurant located in Kalapaki.
The fundraiser will be March 17. I know you are probably wondering how there really is a jail to help kids with MD. Well, it’s more like a fundraiser. My dad will pretend to be arrested, and the people will donate money to get him out.
The starters for this great fundraiser is an organization called MDA, Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA has been working for men, women and children all over America since the 1970s and it is their goal to help MD victims. They are working to find a cure, but they will need all the help they can get.
To give you a better understanding of what MD is, I will explain to you how it would affect me.
For starters, I love the bike path. Me and my family always get our scooters and zoom down the hills and around the corners, the breeze in our faces, with the fresh, salty ocean spray.
If I was a victim of MD, I would never be able to run, bike, swim or go to the park. Have you ever been sick so bad that you can’t go do anything, you’re just at home laying in bed, waiting until you get better again? I recall that I have several times.
MD is similar, but they don’t get better. All the things I love to do now, I would never have the chance. All my muscles would be dissolved, and I would be in a wheelchair, while all of the regular kids would be having fun outside.
And it isn’t just a couple people that have it. About 50,000 Americans are affected by MD. If we donate money to this fundraiser, we wouldn’t just help one or two kids, we would help thousands. Just one $20 from 100 people would be $2,000. A cure could be found, and little boys and girls, men and women would be able to walk again. They would run, play and swim just like any regular kids.
And that, my friends, is exactly why sometimes jail is a good thing.
Ashley Pearl lives in Kapaa.