Fire Control Systems proudly participated in the 19th Annual Bojangles’ Golf Classic benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and McColl Lockwood Research Laboratory. It was successful in raising $277,000 to fund research to find a cure and treatments for neuromuscular diseases. We enjoyed supporting a cause that is making a big difference in the lives of those affected by these terrible diseases.
MDA is leading the fight to combat debilitating neuromuscular diseases. They fund research to uncover breakthroughs that accelerate treatments and cures for all neuromuscular diseases. They often use the knowledge learned about one disease and apply it to others to facilitate faster progress in finding answers. They provide care and support for families to ensure that they get the best comprehensive treatment possible. They offer educational seminars and support groups for families. In July 2016, a National Resource Center was launched, where MDA specialists provided one-on-one help to 10,000 individuals. In 2016 over 3500 kids experienced MDA Summer Camp at no charge to their families.
The McColl Lockwood Laboratory for Muscular Dystrophy Research develops therapies for muscular dystrophy, particularly limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). These diseases are caused by genetic mutations that disrupt normal muscle functions, resulting in weakening of muscle strength with fatal consequences. Currently, there is no cure or effective treatment for LGMD and DMD. The goal is to develop effective therapeutics for muscular dystrophies through drug screening and new drug development to improve the functions and prevent the progression of muscle wasting and gene therapy to provide a normal copy of the defected gene to the diseased muscles.
Fire Control Systems was excited to be a part of this fundraising event to help those stricken by the debilitating disease. We look forward to participating in next year’s Bojangles’ MDA fundraising event. For more information on MDA go to www.mda.org.