BRANSON, Mo.–The Springfield chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is wrapping up a busy week filled with raising money for those suffering from serious muscle illnesses.
MDA week ended on Monday. The executive director, Jerry Bear estimates $450,000 was raised this week for muscular dystrophy thanks to various sponsors and Fill the Boot.
On the final day of MDA week, 18 firefighters from across the ozarks were thanked with ice cream at Silver Dollar City for raising thousands of dollars for muscular dystrophy.
“For us, it’s a way of giving back to an excellent cause that helps so many people and our community is very graceful in the way that they participate,” says Ava firefighter, Anthony Carmichael.
“By raising this money, we can help them hopefully have a better life, help provide treatment and cures for the disease they have,” says Chief Joe Myers of the Southern Dallas Co. Fire Protection District.
Fill the Boot was a summer long fundraiser for the disease, it was also a summer where records were broken.
“We raised $7,033.31, we beat last year’s record by $291,” says Clever firefighter, Brian Evans.
The giving didn’t stop on the last day of MDA week. The boot was passed around at the check presentation where 65 fire departments across the ozarks raised $236,000.
The money raised goes to help those fighting the disease including those at the check presentation.
“The treatments that Zyler takes each week are $40,000 every week so the research is not only for treatments, but one day for a cure,” says Holly Uchtman, Zyler’s mother.
If you would like to donate, text MDA Week 2018 to 41444.