Both Ash Flat and Cherokee Village fire fighters gathered money, filling boot after boot at Walmart and at Town Center in Cherokee Village.
The Ash Flat Fire Department worked Sept. 2-4 at the doors of Walmart. Greeting customers was the friendly dalmatian Quint, a crowd favorite. The shiny red trucks including the ladder truck were displayed at Walmart all weekend and hundreds of children were pleased to meet the men that may someday save their lives.
The Ash Flat drive raised $1,776 for MDA, up from last years donations of just over $1,600. Fire Chief Stacy Horton said he was pleased with the turn out and very thankful to the community for their donations. Horton says he can not remember the department not taking part in the fundraiser in the area.
The Cherokee Village drive took place Sept. 3 and raised $1,300 for the cause. Fire Chief Mike Taylor explained all proceeds go directly to MDA.
According to the MDA Website, MDA was created in 1950 by a group of adults with muscular dystrophy, parents of children with muscular dystrophy and a physician-scientist studying the disorder.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and support services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. With national headquarters in Tucson, MDA has more than 200 offices across the country, sponsors some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics and supports more than 330 research projects around the world.
MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization in the world. MDA scientists are in the forefront of gene therapy research and have uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), childhood spinal muscular atrophy and several other neuromuscular conditions.
The Association's comprehensive services program includes diagnostic and follow-up medical consultations, flu shots, support groups, MDA summer camps for youngsters, a medical equipment program, assistance with equipment repairs and resource referral.
Through its national advocacy program, MDA works to make life better for people with muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases by providing representation in matters of public policy and research advancement, nationally and internationally; and facilitating active involvement in these areas by the people it serves.
Over 80 percent of the money raised locally stays within the Memphis area region to help with education, community resources and assists families of MD victims with expenses during hospital stays.
Firefighters across the nation take part in the fundraiser each year.