Skating while raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy

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UNK fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon is hosting their annual ice skating fundraiser to help benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska.

It's a disease that could make skating difficult or even impossible.

"Muscular Dystrophy is a congenital degenerative disease of the muscles and so over time the muscles atrophy, loose muscle mass and tone and reflexes and eventually you may become wheelchair bound or not be able to do all the activities you once could," said Riley Ostdiek, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

The US Department of Health and Human Services said there's no cure for MD, but the fraternity said there is a summer camp to give kids with the disease exciting experiences.

"Kids with Muscular Dystrophy might not be able to do like everyday activities like you and I can do," said Trevor Daubert, MDA camp counselor and Sigma Phi Epsilon member. "It's really important that they have this camp to attend. They can do anything from swimming, dancing horseback riding and the list goes on and on and it's pretty amazing that we can provide this kind of opportunity for these kids and it's an experience that they never forget."

This camp is made possible through donations like those collected this Sunday during the fraternity's open skate event.

"Unlimited ice–skating within those four hours, we'll have a few mini games up top such as corn hole, hopefully a slap shot or something in the theme of ice skating and hockey," said James Kramer, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

The open skate event is this Sunday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the Viaero Center. The cost is 5 dollars, and all proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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