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MFD fulfills MDA goal

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Fill the Boot 1 Fill the Boot 2

Millington Fire Department Lt. Tommy Wilston knew the community he serves would step up to the cause for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Still a little short on their fund raising goals for 2013, MDA reached out to Chief Gary Graves and the MFD to be the cause for the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign. With help from Millington Walmart managers Matt Cody and Mary White, fire fighters were able to make six visits to the business to raise $5,000 for MDA.
“This community stands behind us and believes in us,” Wilston said. “So it went really well. This community is very chariable. So it makes us feel good to know our community will support us and a good cause.”
Fire fighters took to the streets of Millington to “Fill the Boot” for the MDA several times throughout the month of November at the Walmart and raised money to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.
Graves accepted the challenge to raise $5,000 for Mid-South MDA to help meet the organization’s annual budget. Members of the MFD led by Wiltson who coordinated the event, fulfilled the fundraising pledge to support MDA’s vital research programs and the Association’s 200 medical clinics nationwide.
“We deeply appreciated the work fire fighters in Millington do for MDA,” Executive Director Laura Lutrick said. “It does make a difference to all the people and families here who are living with muscle disease. They see these American heroes going out to support them, and it tells them they have strong partners standing by their side.”
Fire fighters put their lives on the line every day battling blazes or rushing through traffic to help someone who has been badly injured. They have a sense of compassion for and service to the community that is demonstrated through their commitment to MDA.
“We like to help people, that’s who we are,” Graves said. “We know it’s a good thing to be in the fight against the muscle diseases that cause so much pain and suffering. We are part of a decades-old tradition to beat these diseases, and we’re not going to quit until the battle is won.”
Over the years, fire fighters have raised millions of dollars to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease. Fire fighters have raised money for MDA through their participation in the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign, as well as by sponsoring golf and softball turnaments. Many also contribute some of their vacation time each year to volunteer at MDA summer camps across the country.
Funds from the Fill the Boot campaign also help send 3,500 kids to MDA summer camp for a free week of lighthearted fun with other kids who are just like them. Many fire fighters become friends of the kids and their families, volunteering a week of their vacation time each year to go to camp and support their young friends.
Members of MDA Lutrick and administrative assistant Scarlett Hart came to Millington Fire Department Station No. 1 joining Graves, Wilston, fire fighter Shaketta Swain, drive/fire fighter Jim Liles, Lt. Mike Gill, drive/fire fighter Jacob McNatt and fire fighter Daniel Bateman for the check presentation.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, AlS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
In addition to funding some 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular disease; and provides free local summer cmap opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle disease. For more information, visit
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