Fill the Boot brings in cash for MDA

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Grand Junction fire fighters are fighting for important medical services for people living with muscular dystrophy.

GJFD collected money outside stores in Grand Junction over the long holiday weekend for the annual Fill the Boot fundraiser.

The money goes straight to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which uses the funds to send children to camp and also help families dealing with the costly disease.

"Different medications, they have to get physical therapy, wheelchairs, scooters for some of our kids until they get to the point when they need a wheelchair," said Kendall Montagriff, executive director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western Colorado. "We cover a lot of those things for families. We try to help them out as much as we can."

Grand Junction fire fighters typically raise $10,000 for Fill the Boot each year, which contributes to the $100,000 total for participating fire departments all over the Western Slope.

Fill the Boot has been going on nationally for the past 60 years, raising more than $300 million along the way.

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