The rescue personnel will be located near major intersections on Tuesday morning, holding out boots in hopes of topping the $30,000. raised locally in the event last year. Lifeguards will be at beaches holding fins, according to Brian Fennessy, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Assistant Chief.
Alan Arrollado, the president of San Diego’s city firefighters’ union, said the MDA is one of the firefighters union’s charities, along with the Burn Institute.
“So tomorrow morning, when you see our firefighters out on the street corner, that’s what they’re there for, holding a boot for muscular dystrophy,” Arrollado said. “Feel free to stop, put a dollar in that boot.”
In addition to Fill the Boot, firefighters raised $60,000 for the MDA last year with a golf tournament, chili cookoff and individual donations, he said. He said he hopes the total take from all firefighter MDA fundraising events this year will top $100,000.
More than $224,000 has been raised over the previous six years in San Diego, according to Angel Chanchea-Moser, the Executive Director of the San Diego MDA chapter.
She said the funds are used to fund a clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital, pay for equipment needed by victims of the disease, support for local research programs and sending 70 young patients to Camp Cuyamaca each summer.
The local campaign is part of a broader partnership between the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Firefighters, which has continued for 60 years. The disorder is genetic and refers to a series of diseases that cause weakness and deterioration in muscle tissue.
– City News Service
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