Firefighters to hold muscular dystrophy boot drive in Williams Lake

Firefighters from Williams Lake, Wildwood, and Tyee Lake will hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Firefighters from Williams Lake, Wildwood, and Tyee Lake will hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada at various locations in the city on Sept. 14 and 15.

To show their support for people with neuromuscular disorders, Williams Lake firefighter and Muscular Dystrophy Canada adviser Dereck Sulentich and the firefighters are organizing their community boot drive to raise awareness and funds to help “make muscles move.”

A news release from Muscular Dystrophy Canada says a boot drive is a fundraising event where local firefighters go out into the community and collect donations from the public, using a firefighter boot to collect those donations.

Since 1954, Canadian firefighters have been helping Muscular Dystrophy Canada fight the battle against muscular dystrophy — a group of more than 100 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles. Over time, many people with neuromuscular disorders are unable to walk, speak, or ultimately breathe. Some diseases are life-threatening and presently there is no cure, the release says.

The money raised by the firefighters will be donated to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders by purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services, and funding research, which the organization says will one day lead to a cure.

To contribute to the cause, visit one of the following locations during the times listed:

Sept. 14 from 4 to p.m.: the Liquor Store, McDonald’s, Safeway, Save-On Foods, Tim Hortons, Walmart, Canadian Tire, and the Real Canadian Wholesale Club.

Sept. 14 and 15 from noon to 4 p.m.: the Liquor Store, McDonald’s, Safeway, Save-On Food, Tim Hortons, and Walmart.

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