Fill the Boot drive raises money over Labor Day weekend to fight muscular dystrophy

Posted at 6:30 AM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 08:38:32-04

PARKER, Colo. — Firefighters all over Colorado are totaling up donations after a busy Labor Day weekend collecting donations for the annual Fill the Boot drive to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Fire departments throughout the state pledged to raise more than $1.2 million dollars for MDA this year.

Denver7 connected with South Metro Fire Rescue crews collecting donations along with a 10-year-old named Easton Coleman. Easton was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in February of 2010. DMD is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 boys.

Duchene is a severe and progressive muscle wasting disease that is 100 percent fatal and currently there is no cure for this devastating disease. The muscle wasting begins in the legs and the pelvis, slowly crippling the child.

Money collected during Fill the Boot goes to support children and families like Easton's as the fight for treatment and a cure continues.

If you were out of town or missed the opportunity to donate, click here to donate online.