Filling the boot

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BATH — Members of Bath Fire Department Local No. 1611 raised $2,216 during the 2015 Fill the Boot campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in Maine. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases take away the ability to walk, move, smile, talk – and even breathe.

Dollars raised also help support the Muscular Dystophy Association’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Maine Medical Center. Donations also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can experience a week in the great outdoors at Camp Agassiz Village in Poland and nearly 80 other locations nationwide.

IAFF support for MDA began in 1954, when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization’s  commitment to MDA has remained strong. To date, IAFF has raised $558 million for MDA.

Fighting neuromuscular disease is a cause that’s close to the hearts of firefighters nationwide, and the Bath department is no exception. Shown at the culminiation of the 2015 campaign to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association are Firefighter Kevin Hines, Brittni Bonville of Maine MDA and Mike Drake, also a firefighter with the city.