South Metro firefighters raise $101,000 for MDA in 3 days

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – South Metro Fire Rescue got people to “Fill the Boot” with more than $100,000 in three days.

The donations help Muscular Dystrophy Association fund research and programs that care for children and adults suffering from muscular dystrophy, according to a statement released by the fire department Thursday.

One of the facilities that benefits from the fundraiser is the MDA Care Center at Children’s Hospital in Aurora.

The contributions also help send more than 90 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp in Rocky Mountain Village in Empire at no cost to their families, officials stated.

“Muscular dystrophy is characterized as a group of genetic diseases that causes progressive muscle deterioration that limits strength and mobility,” officials stated.

Over Labor Day weekend, crews from all 17 stations in the district stood outside stores, at intersections and other busy locations, and used their boots to collect donations.

South Metro has participated in the “Fill the Boot” campaign for 17 years and has raised about $1.5 million to help MDA.

“We are extremely proud to be part of an important cause to help children, adults and families of those suffering from muscular dystrophy,” Bob Baker, South Metro Fire Rescue Fire Chief, said in a statement. “We are very thankful for the community’s contributions and generous donations – so many people came through and every little bit helps.”