Fill the Boot fundraiser raises money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Fill the boot is a 65 year tradition between Eau Claire Fire Rescue and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Anya Moran of MDA says this fundraiser is life changing for the more than 20 families in Eau Claire who are affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and other muscle debilitating diseases.

“These families receive different care provided by the MDA like interdisciplinary care,” Moran says. “We have a summer camp that's adaptable and accessible for children and we also fund research that goes on locally…we are trying to improve the lives of people on a daily basis while also moving towards research and possible cures in the future.”

Firefighter Tony Biasi says fundraisers like this are what being a firefighter all is about.

“We really have a lot of fun raising money for kids who need some help and we are willing to help out in any way that we can,” Biasi says. “What a great cause to help out kids in our community.”

While these donations are helping families on a daily basis, Moran says long term changes are also being seen like a recent FDA approved genetic therapy which has shown promising results.

“There are more treatments in the pipeline that are looking very promising to have very similar results to change the lives for children and adults,” Moran says.

Wednesday's turnout is leaving firefighters hopeful for the next two days of the event.

“Lots of people came up happy to see us and happy to donate to the cause,” Biasi says.

Moran says every penny counts towards making a difference.

“It’s remarkable how much the community has given today,” Moran says.

The fundraiser will continue on June 13 and 14 from 3-6 at Mega Holiday gas stations in Eau Claire.

“I look forward to seeing people and they can help out in any way that they can,” Biasi says.

Last year, they raised more than $7,000 for the MDA so this year they're trying to reach $10,000.



EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire Fire Department is showing support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with its annual Fill the Boot fundraiser.

Local fire fighters and volunteers will be out at Mega Holiday gas stations in Eau Claire from 3-6 p.m. on June 12 through June 14 to collect donations from pedestrians and drivers to raise money for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

The Eau Claire Fire Department has been teaming up with the MDA for more than 60 years to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy at the annual event.

In the last two years the department has collected over $15,000 for muscular dystrophy according to Anya Moran, Developmental Specialist at MDA.

Moran says she hopes increased traffic from the Blue Ox Festival in Eau Claire from June 13 through 15 will lead to record breaking donations this year.