Donation to be made with every car purchase through Sept. 4

Georgia Wingate Thompson, Kleberg County Correspondent

KINGSVILLE - Local Ford Dealer Eddie Yaklin and staff played host to Gus and Jacob Gonzalez of Alice on Thursday, showing them around the dealership and the perks in a custom Shelby GT and one of the big trucks on the lot.

The Gonzalez brothers are much too young to be considered customers but enjoyed their time behind the steering wheels of several vehicles and ooohed and aaahing over everything on the showroom floor.

The youngsters, age 9 and 11, have been diagnosed with Duchenne, a form of muscular dystrophy and were at the dealership to thank Yaklin for his support in sending them to Muscular Dystrophy Camp.

Jacob is a student at Schallert Elementary School in Alice and Gus will be a student at Dubose Middle School in Alice.

Both boys have attended the June camp for the past three years.

"MDA is always there for me," Gus said. "I look forward to summer camp every year."

District MDA director Becky Caulk said the camp is an opportunity for kids to be around others with muscular dystrophy and is a big reunion every year at the Bruceville camp..

"The kids are given the opportunity to swim, fish, boat, play sports, dance, particpate in a talent show and do many constructive activities," Calulk said. "The week also gives moms and dads a break and every one gets a vacation."

She said it costs $650 to send one child to camp and another $650 to send a counselor per child, a cost that Yalkin helps defray.

Beginning Aug. 16 through Sept. 4, for every new or used vehicle purchased from Eddie Yaklin Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, or Nissan, $100 will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Caulk says that by taking part in the Ford Sale-a-thon at Yaklin's means providing hope to local MDA clients in the Coastal Bend area such as Gus and Jacob.

"Proceeds from the Eddie Yaklin Sale-a-thon will help continue funding for MDA summer camp, support groups, clinic visits and diagnostic evaluations at the Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline, as well as on-going world-wide and local scientific research for 43 neuromuscular diseases," said Caulk. "These programs would not be possible without the year-round support of hundreds of companies and individuals throughout the Coastal Bend area."