Antioch Firefighters Ask the Public to Fill the Boot to Benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association

By Allen Payton, Publisher

Once again, firefighters in Contra Costa County will be participating in the annual “Fill The Boot” fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

This year, on Monday, July 23rd and Wednesday, July 25th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. firefighters will be at the intersection of Somersville Road and Delta Fair Blvd in Antioch.

Last year the Contra Costa Firefighters raised $76,000 through their annual effort. This year’s county-wide goal is $80,000 and the firefighters in Antioch are trying to raise $10,000.

According to MDA Executive Director Kirsha Zupetz, “The funds raised will stay local and will provide hope and help for local families living with muscle disease. More specifically the funds will go towards multi-disciplinary clinic visits at Stanford, UCSF and Forbes Norris, MDA summer camp for children ages 6-17, support groups, wheel chair and leg brace repairs, as well as research.”

The International Association of Firefighters has been participating in the “Fill The Boot” campaign since 1954.

So, when you see the firefighters with the boots in their hands, drop in a dollar or two, or more, later this month.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA is the largest nongovernmental sponsor of neuromuscular disease research. For more information visit or call (925) 460-8260.



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