Westborough – Firefighters took to the streets of Westborough to “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Oct. 5 and raised more than $4,300 to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.
Members of Local 3070 of the International Association of Fire Fighters fulfilled their annual fundraising pledge to support MDA's vital research programs and the association's 200 medical clinics nationwide.
“We deeply appreciate the work firefighters and volunteers in Westborough do for the MDA,” said Fundraising Coordinator Brittany DeFrancesco. “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.”
“We like to help people, that's who we are,” said Firefighter/Paramedic Rick Golden. “We know it's a good thing to be in the fight against the muscle diseases that cause so much pain and suffering.? We are part of a decades-old tradition to beat these diseases, and we'se not going to quit until the battle is won.”
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 fire fighters 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.