BR firefighters look to Fill-The-Boot at St. Patrick's Day parade
POSTED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 6:30am
UPDATED: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 6:34am
BATON ROUGE, LA — This weekend members of the Baton Rouge Fire Fighters Association are taking off their boots and hitting the streets to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an organization that provides health care and support for families, children and adults living with neuromuscular disease.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association and fire departments across the nation have been working together for over 55 years through various fundraisers to help find a cure.
The fundraiser was inspired by a man who sought help through his local fire department after he and his family learned of his son's neuromuscular disease diagnosis. The fire department set up a canister drive to raise money for the family, and ever since, the Fill-the-Boot campaign has excelled in raising money for research and services for muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.
"We are dedicated to do anything possible to help out our community. This is just another way to help the public. We are really excited about continuing our long lasting relationship with MDA this year." Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.
Firefighters will be taking donations for the cause in front of the Baton Rouge Fire Department Station 9 on Perkins Rd. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. All proceeds raised during this campaign will go directly toward those affected by neuromuscular disease in the Baton Rouge community.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides services such as flu shots, clinic appointments, wheel chair and equipment repairs, support groups, resources, and week long summer camp sessions for those who suffer or know someone who suffers from muscular dystrophy.
The summer camp sessions are held each summer for children ages 6 to 17 who are affected by muscular dystrophy in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The local summer camp is located in Bunkie, Louisiana.
"During this time, we really help the children focus on their abilities, not their disabilities, and allow them the time to grow in the fellowship of others who are affected by this disease" MDA Executive Director Josh Galasso said.
MDA<http://www.mdausa.org/> is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
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