Battle Creek Firefighters "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy

Firefighters paced Columbia and Capital Avenue Southwest to help raise money and community support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lieutenant Michele Misner says the neurological disease takes on about 40 different forms, with no cure.

"There are so many families that need our help, and that's why we're here. All the money that we collect here in Battle Creek does stay within our region,” Misner said.

"The money that we raise today, go for equipment, flu shots, medical research. We send our children to MDA camp,” Misner explained.

Lieutenant Quincy Jones has volunteered filling the boot several times in past 17 years and says it's just another way to help his neighbors.

"Really, it's privilege to be out here,” Jones said.

"Even in spite of the economic hardships that we know that pretty much that we're all dealing with, we can see that people are just still very giving and really contributing to the cause,” he added.

"There is just a plethora of good causes out there, so to ask people to donate at a really hard time, everybody's been wonderful,” Misner said.

“The donations have been pouring in. People have been very receptive because they know that this is just  such a worthy charity for their donation,” she added.