This weekend, fire fighters across Michigan and the country will be taking part in an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says that she was declaring July 26-28 Fill the Boot Weekend; Fill the Boot is a Michigan fundraiser that was launched by the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union and the MDA, part of a larger national campaign sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters and the MDA. Across the state, citizens are encouraged to donate to the MDA and to support MDA families until a cure is found.

Fill the Boot raised $20 million across America last year, and so far this year Michigan firefighters have raised $305,484. The funds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, who uses them for the over 150 research projects they are currently supporting around the world. Fill the Boot also helps provide resources for support groups, equipment, advocacy, and policy efforts.

Governor Whitmer said in her proclamation,

Fire fighters do brave and selfless work every day to keep our communities safe, and this campaign exemplifies how their selflessness goes above and beyond, as they work to improve the quality of life for people with muscular dystrophy.

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