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Marysville firefighters Fill the Boot

 

Christopher Andersson

Firefighter Rob Torrey stands out on the street at Lakewood Crossing to raise funds for the 2016 Fill the Boot campaign on July 23.

The Marysville Fire District took to the streets again this year to raise more than $10,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as part of the Fill the Boot campaign.

Fill the Boot is a national campaign from the International Association of Fire Fighters who partner with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to gather funds for research and patient services.

This year on July 23 local firefighters from the Marysville Fire District went to the Lakewood Crossing area to collect money from local shoppers.

They raised a total of $10,765, which is a new record for the district, surpassing last year's record number which was around $10,000 as well, said Tobin McGowan, a firefighter with the Marysville Fire District.

McGowan said there was a great turnout this year, with around 25 to 30 people from the Marysville Fire District who took time during their Saturday to gather funds.

"Every single person is out here on their personal time," said McGowan.

One hundred percent of the funds raised are given to the MDA and McGowan said that local firefighters "go out to be a voice for MDA."

"We do this in support of MDA and because the money goes directly to help local families," he said.

The MDA is a national association that supports research and programs to help fight muscular dystrophy, which are a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass due to inability to form healthy muscle.

Some people with muscular dystrophy will eventually lose the ability to walk and have trouble swallowing and breathing.

"Some of those funds will be distributed to research and medical improvements for MD, while others will help kids go to camps so they can feel normal," said McGowan.

He noted that those camp funds will go specifically to local families, so the money raised directly helps the local community.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Fire District firefighter Tobin McGowan collects funds from passing motorists on July 23 at the Lakewood Crossing.

The annual Fill the Boot campaign is one of the MDA's biggest fundraiser each year and in 2015 a total of $25.5 million was raised across the U.S. according to the MDA.

The campaign has been going on since 1954.

McGowan said he likes contributing to the annual event because he likes to see the people come out to help.

"I like seeing the community come together in support of such a good cause," he said.

He also enjoys the way it lets him and other firefighters "help less fortunate individuals."

Although the firefighters were the face of the event, McGowan wanted to thank the MDA and the people who donated.

"I just want to give a huge, huge thank you to the community. We're just the people collecting the money and give it to the MDA," he said.

"Thank you for coming out and donating such a large amount, and keeping our community positive and helpful," he said.

 

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