FILL THE BOOT

Marquette Fire Department Local 643 raises funds

Lieutenant John Koshorek of the Marquette Fire Department Local 643 collects money for a previous Fill the Boot fundraiser. Proceeds from the efforts go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's research, programs, support groups and care centers. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Fire Department Local 643 is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Continuing a more than 60-year tradition, 16 dedicated firefighters from Marquette Fire Department Local 643 will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA. In 2016, Marquette City Firefighters received donations totaling $13,922 from the community.

They will be at the intersection of Cleveland and North McClellan Avenues, Third and Hewitt streets, and also at the intersection of Front and Washington streets. They will be there from 2-6 p.m. Friday and from noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Marquette Fire Department Local 643 for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said MDA Fundraising Coordinator Murphy Maes in a press release. “The dedication of these firefighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Marquette. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Funds raised through Marquette Fill the Boot events in 2017 empower families who inspire everyday Americans to help kids and adults with Muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger, displaying how we all can truly live unlimited no matter what limits we may face.

Contributions also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Prevea Health in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. They also help send more than 45 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Pilgrim Center — all at no cost to their families.

In addition to Fill the Boot drives, firefighter contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.