Columbia Firefighters and MDA Rally Behind 60-Year Tradition, Kick-off Annual Fill the Boot Campaign

By: Brick Lewis Posted in Uncategorized

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Fill the Boot events benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease

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Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins, members of the Columbia Fire Department, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Chick-fil-A stores in Richland County and Walgreens Devine St, hosted a special event to kick-off the firefighters’ annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign and continue a 60-year tradition of helping save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the City of Columbia and Richland County communities.

 

Columbia Firefighters will be at intersections with boots in hand for this year’s drive March 16th 17th, & 18thThe Boot Drive will be held at the following intersections from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.:

Assembly & Gervais

Huger & Blossom

Devine & Harden

Bull & Elmwood

Main & Sunset

Bush River & Broad River

South Beltline & Rosewood

Forest Drive & Beltline

Leesburg & Garners Ferry

Two Notch & Decker

Sparkleberry & Two Notch

Hwy 21 & Blythewood

Pineview & Garners Ferry

Kennerly & Broad River

Trenholm & Forest Drive

Rabon Rd & Farrow Rd

Rhame Rd & Clemson Rd

MDA’s relationship with the Columbia Fire Department goes back more than 50 years. The drive grew in the late 1990’s when they were allowed to collect in the intersections and on duty. At that time, the department was inspired by the grandson of Retired Battalion Chief Taylor McEntire who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Taylor’s spirit continues to be a driving force behind the drive that has helped families throughout the Midlands.  Chief Jenkins stated, “This partnership has collected over $2.9 million in the past 15 years and we could not have accomplished that without the citizens of the City of Columbia and Richland County.”  Chief Jenkins continued to state “We hope to surpass last year’s donations of $161,116 and we will with everyone’s help, so when you see a Firefighter please make a donation.”

Funds raised through 2016 Fill the Boot event build on decades of research progress, helping push science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases that take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe.

About MDA
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews. Learn more about MDA’s mission by watching this video.

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