Members from the Dawson Creek Fire Department will be holding “boot drives” between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday at six local businesses – Safeway, Canadian Tire, Walmart, Co-op Mall, the BC Liquor Sore and Dave’s No Frills. The public is asked to simply help fill those boots with cash donations in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
“If everybody comes and throws in a dollar or two, it all goes towards a really good cause,” said firefighter John Burritt, who is organizing the fundraiser this year.
He said the fundraiser was a huge success last year, raising $10,000, and they hope to exceed that total this year.
He added firefighters really enjoy the fundraiser because it is a great opportunity to get out and meet people in their community.
Muscular dystrophy encompasses a group of neuromuscular disorders that are characterized by progressive weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles that control body movement. As muscle tissue weakens and wastes away, it is replaced by fatty and connective tissue.
The muscles involved are different from one disorder to another, and the severity of the symptoms, the age at which the symptoms appear, how fast the symptoms progress, and what pattern of inheritance the disorder follows are all factors which differ among the various forms of muscular dystrophy. Even within a specific disorder, several individuals with the same disorder may experience the disorder and its symptoms quite differently.
Over time, persons with neuromuscular disorders may lose the ability to walk, speak, and ultimately breathe. For some individuals, the disorder is fatal. There is currently no cure.
More information about muscular dystrophy can be obtained online at www.muscle.ca.