Sunday, June 30, 2019

Giving Muscular Dystrophy the Boot -- and the Bat!

Guest author: FFIII John Geiman, Station 7(A) 

MCFRS 2nd Annual "Fill the Boot" softball game for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) was held on Saturday, June 29th.  Montgomery County Fire and Rescue defeated Frederick Fire 14-7 to keep the trophy in Montgomery County for another year.  However, t
his game was not about the trophy -- it was all about the kids.  

As a team MCFRS raised over $1750 in funds for MDA (final total pending) and Fredrick Fire raised a matching amount with a total amount raised in one day by both softball teams over $3500 to support the critical programs of the MDA.  MCFRS also had the privilege of having Devin throw out the 1st pitch.  Devin is a young man fighting muscular dystrophy and through funds raised with MDA was able to receive medication, which has helped him be able to continue to run and play like anyone else.  He is a truly amazing young man and was all smiles while he walked out to throw out the 1st pitch. 

The team is very honored to contribute to an organization that is making a difference in the lives of those affected by MDA and their families. The event would not be possible without the help of Master Firefighter Mike Berry, the Frederick Keys, Derek Young (Frederick County), Deb Gartner (MCFRS retired) and Ken Berman.  The team hopes to grow the game every year going forward with the goal to one day hit that $10,000 mark to support the ground-breaking research and life-enhancing programs of the MDA.   

About the MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

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