Fayetteville Firefighters “Fill the Boot” for Neuromuscular Diseases

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The Fayetteville Fire Department hit the streets today to help fund research for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The department is using its old retired fire boots to continue saving lives.

On Friday the Fayetteville Fire Department raised money for the Association, as part of their annual ‘Fill The Boot Fundraiser’.

Fayetteville Fire Fighters are taking donations to help those who are suffering from neuromuscular diseases.

Capt. Bailey Kelly said the muscular dystrophy association covers like 120 different diseases, all of the neuromuscular diseases. 

“The one that affects fireman mostly is Lou Gerigs Diease ALS, so we’re hoping to raise enough money to get the research to find a cure,” Kelly said.

In years past the fire department only collected donations outside of Walmart, averaging about $2,000 a year,  now since switching to main streets they are shooting for a goal of $30,000, and by 1PM on Friday they had already collected $6,000 to $7,000.

“The one thing that a lot of people don’t know…. “If you donate money to the telethon that’s on TV that’s goes to the  national MBA and helps people nationwide and the money that we raise at the fill the boot, actually stays in Arkansas,” Kelly said.

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