NORTH ROYALTON – Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw is a jailbird.

His crime? Having a soft spot for serving others. He will pay by serving time, this time in jail, mock jail that is, for a good cause, the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Langshaw signed up voluntarily for his stint in the “big house” to help raise dollars for the organization.

He will begin serving his four-hour sentence at 9 a.m. July 15 at Stancato’s, located at 7380 State Road in Parma.

Residents can show him mercy and help out by posting his “bail,” set at $2,400. Between now and the 15th, anyone interested can donate to the MDA on Langshaw’s behalf. If he fails to raise the money, he will sit in the slammer the full four hours the day of the event.

But he’s banking on a little help from his friends.

“I am not sure what to expect, but I know Ward 1 Councilman John Nickell participated a few years ago and if my memory serves me right, the mayor was nice enough to help bail him out,” he said.

Mayor Bob Stefanik said he wants to see the councilman squirm a bit when he’s behind bars.

“I might have second thoughts this year,” the mayor smiled.

All joking aside, Langshaw said a few hours of his time is the least he could do to help.

“When I got the phone call recently from MDA’s Fundraising Coordinator Kaelyn Gates, I just couldn’t help but say go ahead and lock me up for this cause. Muscular dystrophy is something that hits home for me because I know a co-worker at my day job, friends and residents here in North Royalton that have loved ones that are directly impacted by it,” Langshaw said. “It is the least I can do, get locked up for a good cause to support the great things MDA is doing to help raise awareness and do more research for cures for various forms of muscular dystrophy.”

Gates said she is appreciative of Langshaw’s involvement and all 75 jailbirds from across the area that will serve time and participate.

“The lock-up program is a great event for those that might not have a connection to MDA to bring them into our mission. All the money they raise does stay local, on average 77 cents of a dollar. So, the money they raise goes right back into their own cities to help people with one of the 43 diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). MDA is the lead researcher for ALS,” Gates said.

Muscular dystrophy weakens the musculoskeletal system and hinders mobility. It is characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue.

The MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and related muscle diseases by funding research. The money raised from this fundraiser will be used locally to assist children and adults who rely on the support of the MDA.

The money will stay in this area with a good portion going to the summer program at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville. Proceeds help fund research and subsidize doctor costs and equipment.

Those interested in helping the cause can donate to the MDA and help Langshaw reach his personal goal of $2,400 by visiting online at www2.MDA.org/goto/dlangshawlu2015.

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