Waxahachie firefighters are hitting the streets with the goal of putting a smile on children’s faces. Crews are raising funds with the annual Fill the Boot campaign benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Muscular dystrophy is a group of diseases that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle, according to information on the Mayo Clinic website.
There are many different kinds of muscular dystrophy – and there is currently no cure for the disease. However, medications and therapy can help manage symptoms and slow its course.
Waxahachie Firefighters Association Vice President Ed Konick said that Fill the Boot is a firefighter tradition that goes back a long time with MDA. He shared that Waxahachie firefighters are proud to carry the tradition on here in the community.
“We appreciate the community’s support because it is a team effort between the fire department and the public,” Konick said. “It says a lot about our community, who continue to be supportive each year.”
Konick noted how the MDA’s mission and the fire department’s line up with each other because both work to help people. While the weather has hampered some of their fundraising efforts, he feels confident they will reach their $20,000 goal.
Firefighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association have worked together for more than 65 years to help support families, patients and fund research into a cure. In 2018, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in fundraising campaigns that raised $20 million across the country.
Funds raised by the firefighters will help send youths diagnosed with muscular dystrophy to the MDA summer camp.
According to MDA’s website, each summer, thousands of kids attend the camps across the country at no cost to their families. The summer camps help children gain independence, form friendships, develop self-esteem and confidence.
Waxahachie firefighters will be at the intersections of Marvin Avenue and Ferris Avenue, U.S. Highway 77 and Indian Drive, and U.S. Highway 77 and Northgate Drive. Crews will be at the locations before and after the noon lunch hour Friday, May 17, and Friday, May 24.
Drivers are advised to watch out for firefighters who will at times be collecting donations in the roadway. Signs will mark the location where crews will be working and firefighters taking part in the drive will be wearing reflective safety vests to be visible to drivers.
Konick said he would like to thank the public for its continued support each year in making a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.
For more information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association, go to its website at www.mda.org. Information about the Waxahachie Firefighters Association can be found by searching Waxahachie Firefighters Local 3010 on Facebook.