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Volunteer firefighters raise over $1,600 for MDA

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

WINFIELD -- Volunteer firefighters took to the streets of Winfield to "Fill the Boot" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday, Aug. 17, raising more than $1,600 to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.

Members of the Winfield Volunteer Fire Department fulfilled their fundraising pledge to support MDA's research programs and its 200 medical clinics nationwide.

"We deeply appreciate the work firefighters in Winfield do for MDA," Health Care Service Coordinator Teri Gupton said in a news release. "It does make a difference to all the people and families here who are living with muscle disease. They see these American heroes going out to support them, and it tells them they have strong partners standing by their side."

Funds from the Fill the Boot campaign also help send 3,500 kids to MDA summer camp for a free week of lighthearted fun with other kids who are just like them. Many firefighters become friends of the kids and their families, volunteering a week of their vacation time each year to go to camp and support their young friends.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

In addition to funding some 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular disease; and provides free local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle disease. For more information, visit mda.org.