Payson Man Risking 'Jail' For Muscular Dystrophy


Local office supplier Gary Reed is a wanted man.

He has a clean record, but will be held in "jail" at Mackey's Grill until he earns $900 "bail," all of which will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Reed launched his campaign Tuesday and hopes to have the bail earned by the June 28 deadline Mackey's Grill owners Cari and Greg Day set for him.

If not enough people donate, Reed will be held captive at Mackey's Grill until the rest of the money is raised. If that does not work, he will earn the rest by cleaning office equipment for $50 or more.

"This wasn't my idea," Reed said, laughing. "I was called by the association in Phoenix and they asked me if I would help."

But it wasn't a tough sell, he said.

"It's such a great organization," he said. "Muscular Dystrophy is a terrible disease. The association really does a lot to help. Besides raising research money they buy the kids wheelchairs and crutches.

"I watch the Jerry Lewis telethons and I see all the kids who need help, and it makes you want to do something."

Reed said he's wanted to help for years, but didn't until now.

"People think about donating their time or money, but then never get around to it. But this time I said, 'By golly, I'm going to do it.'

"It was a weak moment," he joked.

Reed raised $75 the first day of his campaign.

"They'll definitely throw me in the slammer if I don't get enough money," he said.

If Reed doesn't raise the $900, he will serve time behind bars in the "Payson lock-up," a fake jail at Mackey's Grill.

To donate, call 474-8140.

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