Firefighters to take part in fundraiser

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Lake Cities firefighters will participate in the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign, supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, beginning Monday.

Katie Zimmer, fundraising coordinator for the association, said firefighters will be at the intersections of Interstate 35E and Swisher Road, Interstate 35E and Post Oak Road and Main Street at Lake Dallas Drive throughout the day Monday through Wednesday.

MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education, according to a spokesperson for the association.

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic muscle diseases marked by progressive degeneration of voluntary muscles, according to the association’s online fact sheet. The association’s program includes nine main forms of muscular dystrophy and more than 30 other neuromuscular diseases.

The International Association of Fire Fighters has been a national MDA partner for more than 50 years with the Lake Dallas chapter participating for the past 19 years.

All donations help provide medical treatment and support services to individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in the Lake Cities area, officials said.

Last year, firefighters raised $4,249. In 2005, they raised $7,100. This year, they are hoping to exceed that amount, officials said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.

 


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