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|Filling The Boot A Worthy Cause
|While driving around town this weekend you may notice some firefighters pulling a little more extra duty than usual.
Galesburg firefighters are taking part in raising funds to benefit the hundreds of local children and adults who have been touched by the 43 neuromuscular diseases called Muscular Dystrophy.
Firefighters have been national supporters of the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1954 when they made a commitment to raise money to fight the disease until the fight is won.
Galesburg Firefighter Matt Cain from the Brooks Street Fire Station was on the corner of Lincoln and Losey yesterday afternoon with two of his fellow firefighters Ben Gleason and Mike Sheperd. The three were collecting from drivers who took the time to fill their boot.
Cain tells WGIL he doesn't mind being out all weekend because he says is a very worthwhile cause.
"We're just out here to collect some money for the MDA and the Jerry's Kids Foundation. They do a lot of good work for children and adults with muscular dystrophy and associated diseases and we're just doing our part to help out.
The money raised over the weekend, Cain says, will be taken to Peoria on Monday and donated to the MDA on behalf of the Firefighters Local 555. He says he's pretty happy with the donations this year still despite the current economic conditions within the community.
But Cain says it's really nice to see those helping out those who are less fortunate.
Fire officials will be out again today at a number of locations still looking to fill their boots even more.
(Galesburg Firefighter Matt Cain from the Brooks Street Fire Station collects money Saturday afternoon to fill his boot to fight muscular dystrophy. Cain was with other firefighters at the corners of Lincoln and Losey Streets.)
(A Galesburg Firefighter greets a motorist before they helped fill the boot to fight muscular dystrophy Saturday afternoon at Lincoln and Losey Streets.)
(Photos and story by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
|09 05 09 by Newsroom
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