Fresno County firefighters fundraising for neuromuscular diseases

The Fresno BeeApril 22, 2014 

Fresno County firefighters will be hitting the streets this week for their annual "Fill-the-Boot" drive -- a fundraiser to help those with neuromuscular diseases.

Residents can stuff money into firefighters' boots from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday and Friday at a number of Fresno County locations.

The fundraiser is Local 2881's seventh annual benefiting the Central Valley chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a leading nonprofit dedicated to finding treatments and cures for diseases such as muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Capt. Ryan Michaels, spokesman for Cal Fire/Fresno County Fire Department, said firefighters will be at the following locations:

  • Friant Road and Audubon Drive in northeast Fresno.
  • Jensen and Chestnut avenues in southeast Fresno.
  • Ashlan and Clovis avenues south of Clovis.
  • Lincoln and Elm avenues in Easton.
  • Jensen and McCall avenues in Sanger.
  • Manning and Mendocino avenues in Parlier.
  • Highway 198 and Lassen Avenue in Huron.
  • Oller and 9th streets in Mendota.
Fill-the-Boot drive donations can also be made online at www.mdaevent.org/CALFIREFRESNO.

Every dollar raised will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Last year, Local 2881 raised about $31,500 during its Fill-the-Boot drive, and over the past seven years, raised about $121,500.

"Firefighters do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group," said Carrie Danny, executive director of the association's Central Valley chapter. "We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families' health, well-being and quality of life."

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6386, cgeorge@fresnobee.com or @CarmenGeorge on Twitter.

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