Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that weakens the muscles of the body. In this case, the body does not produce enough proteins to strengthen the muscles, so they gradually get weaker and weaker. There is no cure for MD, but doctors and scientists are steadily working on research and a possible cure.
Both children and adults can have MD. Even though many who suffer from MD put on a brave face, they still need hope. That's where Jerry's Kids and the Fill the Boot campaign come in.
Over the Labor Day weekend area fire departments stopped at busy highways, intersections and parking lots to "fill the boot" for Jerry's Kids, which is an organization that raises money for muscular dystrophy research.
The Viola Fire Department held their fundraiser Aug. 30 at the intersection of Highways 62/412 and 223.
"The donations have steadily increased over the past several years," Viola Fire Department's Assistant Chief and Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot coordinator, Charlene Crowl, said. "With over $800 in donations last year, we're working our way to a goal of $1,000 from our area to help fight more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. That would be a fantastic show of support from our community for these deserving children."
According to the Viola Fire Department, firefighters were able to raise over $800 for Jerry's Kids.