Austin Fire kicks off “Fill the Boot” fundraiser for MDA

Fill the Boot

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Rain or shine, Austin firefighters will stand at intersections around the city collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association – even as the threat of severe weather looms.

It’s the 60th annual “Fill the Boot” fundraiser, which will help people affected by muscle disease.

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, Councilman Mike Martinez and other firefighters asked drivers for donations along 6th Street and Lamar Boulevard.

Kerr said no matter the weather, they will be out collecting money.

“Somebody trying to live in the mainstream, and doing it with a disability, and doing that with a disease – that is difficult and challenging, you know,” Kerr said. “I just think, what’s a little rain? you know.”

The money will go toward research, medical services and support services for Austin families.

One family said their son, Cameron Duntag, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was 7-years-old. His mother, Kim Duntag, said the association helped them obtain medical supplies and improve the quality-of-life of her son.

“The money that people donate for the MDA, it stays in the community, and it helps children like Cameron and all the other children here locally who are suffering with muscular dystrophy,” Duntag said.

She said the donations also help kids fighting the disease go to a summer camp.

“Cameron really enjoys it because he gets to be around kids his age who have similar disabilities as Cameron does,” Duntag said. “It is very important to donate because these children – a lot of times – they feel very confined in their homes, and they can’t do other things that other kids can do.”

Last year, the city raised $85,765. This year, their goal is $90,000.

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