STURGEON BAY, Wis., July 5, 2011—The Sturgeon Bay Local #2682 teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association this month in the battle against neuromuscular disease.
The fire fighters removed their boots on 3rd and Louisiana June 25-26 and July 2-3 to collect money from motorists and pedestrians for MDA’s annual Fill-the-Boot program. In just four days, the Department raised $11,437.42, beating their 2010 collection by over $2,300.
"After two great weekends of Fill the Boot in Sturgeon Bay, we have come very close to our $12,000 goal.” Tim Dietman, Union President and Fill-the-Boot Coordinator, said. “We would like to thank everyone who donated. Without you, we would not be able to fight the neuromuscular diseases that affect our friends, family members and neighbors."
The fire fighters are still determined to raise $12,000 to cover the costs of sending every child in Door County affected by neuromuscular disease to MDA Summer Camp in Green Lake. They have set another collection date for August 20.
In addition to funding MDA Summer Camp, the money raised will benefit local MDA clients and services like funding clinic visits at Prevea and Marshfield Clinics and financing wheelchair repairs.
MDA’s Fill-the-Boot program is supported by fire departments across North America. Last year, Wisconsin fire fighters raised $600,000 for MDA.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. For more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (920) 499-4571.