Muscular Dystrophy affects more than 1 million Americans, and with no cure available, those affected rest their hopes that researchers can continue the hunt for a cure and dedicated citizens continue to fund their efforts.
According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (mda.org), there is no single disease with the name muscular dystrophy, but rather it designates a group of hereditary neuromuscular disorders that weakens a person’s muscles over time. The age of onset, places where it attacks and progression all vary individually.
If children have trouble seeing the chalkboard, reading their textbooks or doing their homework, they will obviously have trouble succeeding in school without some assistance.
The Ruston Lions Club has been trying to make sure that Lincoln Parish students have a fighting chance to succeed in the classroom. Since 2008, the club has traveled around the parish screening all parish preschoolers for free.
Every time a Lincoln Parish resident shops in a local store, they pay sales tax and help bolster local entities such as the Lincoln Parish School Board.
Every individual who owns a home or business and pays property tax in the parish does the same.
On Thursday, the Lincoln Parish School Board voted to take a stand and protect that money collected to help pay for local school children’s education to prevent it being taken away and given to private schools, charter schools or public schools in other parishes.