The Denison Firefighters Association and Denison Fire Rescue crews will hit the streets next weekend to raise money and combat muscular dystrophy as part of the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign.


Fire officials will collect donations from motorists at the intersection of West Morton Street and Vick Avenue from 2-6 p.m. on Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 and from 11 a.m. t0 2 p.m. on Oct. 22. All proceeds will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


“We always enjoy going out there and collecting as much money as we can for a good cause,” Denison Fire Rescue Engineer and Paramedic Zakk Rudolf said.


Rudolf said the two agencies raised a record $12,500 in 2016 and hope to collect roughly $15,000 this year. He added that donations will directly benefit the MDA’s medical research efforts and camps attended by those living with muscular dystrophy.


Fire officials will accept cash, change and check, the latter of which should be made out to the Muscular Dystrophy Association before motorists get behind the wheel.


“It could be just one penny, but we’ll take it,” Rudolf said. “But we also have people that come out for this every year to give us a big old change jar that’s been sitting at home and they’ve been filling up all year.”


Donations can also be made online at www.mda.org.


Fill the Boot was first launched by the International Association of Fire Fighters in 1954. Muscular dystrophy is caused by a genetic defect that results in progressive weakness and muscle loss. The National Institutes of Health report that the most common form of muscular dystrophy affects one in every 8,000 people worldwide.