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Dawson County firefighters and paramedics fill the boot
Annual fundraiser supports Muscular Dystrophy Association
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Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services personnel participate in the fundraiser supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. - photo by Joshua Demarest

The Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community, dedicated firefighters from the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services department hit the streets with boots in hand asking motorists and passersby to make a donation to MDA on Aug. 29-31 at the intersection at Lumpkin Campground Rd S. and Grizzle Rd., Big Canoe North Gate, the intersection at Hwy 9 N and Hwy 53, and at Kroger’s front entrance.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Dawson County Fire Department for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Abby Nearing, Development Coordinator. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours Filling the Boot every year. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Funds raised through Dawson County’s Fill the Boot event in 2019 will help MDA save lives and lift those in need up. By providing MDA with vital resources, the Dawson County Fire Fighters enable MDA to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory.

They also help send more than 92 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp Twin Lakes – all at no cost to their families.