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ACAA Firefighters Honored for Raising Funds for Muscular Dystrophy


PITTSBURGH, PA – (October 12, 2007) - Allegheny County Fire Fighters Local 1038, were honored with a plaque this week for their fundraising efforts in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Fill the Boot” Drive.

The firefighters raised $736, which sends one local child with Muscular Dystrophy to a week-long summer camp for young people with neuromuscular disease. This year, the funds will send 5-year-old Kendle Haught from Washington, PA, to summer camp.

“Kids wait all year for the camp. It’s like Christmas,” said Randi Minerva, District Field Representative for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.

The camp provides a wide range of activities especially designed for young people who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Accessible activities range from outdoor sports such as fishing, swimming, boating and horseback riding, to less physically demanding programs like arts and crafts.

The kids are paired with counselors who help them with day-to-day activities, such as eating, showering and lift assistance. This past summer, Allegheny County Airport Authority firefighter Matt Eicher volunteered to be a counselor at the camp.

“It was a very positive experience and very humbling. The camp is just as enjoyable for the counselors as it is for the kids,” said Eicher.

Gene Hillard, the Union President for Local 1038, also volunteered at the summer camp and helped raise funds. Hillard thanked all the people involved in helping to make the 2007 Boot Drive a huge success. Firefighters raised the money at Pittsburgh International Airport.

“Most of all, we thank those who took a second to reach into their pocket and donate to a future where ailments that prohibit many people from living normal, healthy lives will be a part of world history. Without each of you there would be no hope and no chance to succeed,” said Hillard.

Oct 11, 2007