Firefighters Help Battle Muscular Dystrophy 9-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Firefighters Help Battle Muscular Dystrophy 9-06-2010

Another Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon is now in the history books.
No matter what shape the economy is in, the Jerry Lewis Telethon always brings out the true winners: the children.
The effort is all about finding a cure, and fire fighters across the country are a big part of the effort.
Fire fighters across the country are raising money for MDA by filling the boot. Numerous Bangor Township fire fighters are on the streets every year and will be for years to come, seeking donations by asking the community to fill their boots with cash.
Their effort helps staff MDA clinics, repair durable medical equipment to aid-weakened muscles and pay for children to attend summer camp.
"I started in 1978 at the old mall," said John Jacobs, with the Bangor Township Fire Department. "I did phones [and the] fishbowl, then I joined the department and have been going gangbusters ever since."
Dobson Firehouse Museum out of Bay County is also part of the MDA fundraising. Dobson's traveling museum is free to the public, and people can donate to the MDA while having some family fun, all at the same time.
"Where else can you go and see big antique fire trucks and thousands of fire truck toys?" said John Brault, with the Dobson Firehouse Museum. "It's for kids of all ages; there are even bigger [kids] than me."
WNEM TV 5 has been a part of the MDA Telethon for decades too. Whether from the studio or in the streets, TV5 loves showcasing the efforts of area fire fighters working to collect dimes and dollars to help children afflicted with muscular dystrophy.
Firefighters got hooked up with the MDA in 1953 when members of the Boston Fire Department took to the streets with canisters to raise money for Jerry's Kids. Fast forward to today and it's become a nation firefighter tradition.
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