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Jack's Supports Jennifer's Ride, Rasies Funds for MDA

Published May 20, 2013

JACK’S SUPPORTS JENNIFER’S RIDE, RAISES FUNDS FOR MDA

 Jack’s will join motorcycle riders from across the region on Sat., June 1 at Jennifer’s Ride: Passport for a Cure Benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The scenic ride will begin at 10 a.m. at Big #1 Motorsports. Along the way, riders will stop at Jack’s restaurants in Ashville, Oneonta and Lincoln, and will have lunch at “Jack’s on the River” in Gadsden. The ride will end with an after-party open to the public at Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson in Pelham.

ABC 33/40 morning meteorologist Charles Daniel created the event three years ago in honor of his sister, Jennifer, who suffers from a rare type of Muscular Dystrophy (MD). Last year, the ride raised $10,000, and more than 140 individuals participated.

“It was always my hope that I could honor Jennifer and her journey in some small way and that is how Jennifer’s Ride was born,” said Daniel. “I hope that this year, we’ll raise more money to provide critical funds that the Muscular Dystrophy Association can use to eradicate all kinds of MD for good.”

Jennifer’s journey began from the moment she was born. After being tested for years, when Jennifer was 11 years old, a muscle biopsy revealed that she had a rare form of MD called centronuclear myopathy. The name encompasses several rare forms and very little is known about it. Moreover, there is no treatment for centronuclear myopathy.

“Her MD is very rare. I have not seen any other cases,” said Terri Wilson, Executive Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greater Alabama. “It is amazing she has endured like she has.”

Most children with centronuclear myopathy do not live past nine or 10 years old, and adult females do not typically live past their late twenties, according Muscular Dystrophy Association USA. For there to be an adult living with the type is profound.

Today, Jennifer is 31 years old and happily married. She is looking forward to being able to take part in this year’s ride.

“This event is special for a couple of reasons,” said Jennifer, “Jennifer’s Ride helps raise money for MDA, which helps with research and helps patients get wheelchairs, braces and other equipment they need. They do so many wonderful things and help support not only the muscular dystrophy patients, but also their families.”

Charles Daniel’s goal is to develop the ride into one of the best fundraisers for MDA, as well as one of the best motorcycle rallies in the area. In order to do that, he has worked with sponsors like Jack’s to create a full day of comradely.

“Most rides for charity start in a location and last from 30 minutes to an hour at most,” said Daniel. “That Saturday, we’ll ride all day into the afternoon and have lunch and dinner together. It’s not easy. We’ll ride 180 miles, but it’s a great chance to meet lots of friends and have a great experience all for a great cause.”

This is Jack's second fundraiser in only a few months for MDA. Already this year, Jack’s raised more than $119,000 for MDA through the Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign, a campaign the company has now participated in for 15 years.

“Words cannot adequately express how grateful we are for our relationship with Jack’s,” said Wilson. “The support we get from Jacks is like no other company we work with and is valued beyond measure by our families.”

Though only four Jack’s locations will be designated stops along the ride, the entire company is excited about the event.

“We are proud to support the Greater Alabama Muscular Dystrophy Association in any way and believe in telling Jennifer’s story,” said Jack’s Director of Marketing Pam Measel.

Funds raised at Jennifer’s Ride will be earmarked for MD research. The cost per rider is $30 per bike and $10 for an additional passenger. Visit facebook.com/JennifersRide for more information. Call (205) 823-8191 to sign up.

For more information about Jack’s and Jennifer’s Ride, contact Lizzy Thomas at (601) 540-3302 or by E-mail at elizcthomas@gmail.com.

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About Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc.

Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc. was started in 1960 in Homewood, Ala. The restaurant specializes in fresh burgers, crinkle-cut fries and hand-dipped shakes. Jack’s has more than 100 stores across the Southeast- with locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Since 1960, many things have changed in our world, but one thing has remained the same: Jack’s is still serving up great food, with a smile.