The Murphysboro department raised a record amount of $5,001 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during their annual “Fill The Boot” campaign. The department raised $3,000 last year making this year’s collection a record for Murphysboro.
“The Murphysboro Fire Department is our top department in Southern Illinois and our #2 department within our 35 participating departments in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky!” says Kyla Evans, Fundraising Coordinator for MDA. “I am so proud of what the Murphysboro Fire Department has done for our adults and children living with Muscular Dystrophy here in Southern Illinois. A special thank you goes out to the Murphysboro community. Without your support of the department’s mission to raise funds for our organization, this all would have not been possible!”
Besides the Boot Drive, the fire department hosted its 4th Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament to benefit MDA on August 20th. It was a huge success with 24 teams raising over $2,700. Special thanks goes out coordinator, Charlie Nance with the department. “Charlie coordinates this tournament every year for us and it has really grown to become an annual community event! He also added a “Goofy Golf” tournament to his roster of things to help us out with this year” says Evans.
The Murphysboro Fire Department would like the thank the following businesses who sponsored the tournament this year: B&B Management, Classic Garden Ornaments, Napa Carbondale, Napa Murphysboro, Venegoni Distributing, 17th Street Bar & Grill, Cindy B’s, Kinkaid Marina, Simms Guide Service, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears, PLP Battery Supply, Southern Illinois Healthcare, Neal Tire & Auto, Arbys, Sherry Wyatt Catering, City of Murphysboro and Murphysboro Park District.
Muscular Dystrophy treatments and cures carry tremendous expenses; $30 per flu shot, $74 per minute of research, $100 per support group session, $150 per physical, occupational or respiratory therapy consultation, $300 per initial diagnostic work-up at an MDA clinic, $500 per annual repair of wheelchair or leg braces, and $800 per child attending a summer camp are among the services provided. MDA is a privately funded non-profit organization, so these expenses are solely covered by donations received from fundraisers such as the “Fill-The-Boot” program.
For more information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association, please visit www.mda.org.