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Lubbock firefighters celebrate 60 years of 'Fill the Boot'

Provided by Lubbock Fire and Rescue 

WHAT: Members of Lubbock Fire Rescue and the Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 972, together with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Lubbock area.

The Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters Local 972 will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year's drive on Thursday, May 15 through Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersections of 50th & Indiana, Slide and South Loop 289, University and South Loop 289, and various locations inside South Plains Mall.

A Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting will be held in order to kick-off this year's event. Special Guests include: Karen Gibson, City Council Woman; Mike Kemp, Fire Chief; Jay Watson, Association President; our MDA Client families, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and the Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters.

WHERE: Fire Station #16 at 4030 114th St. (114TH & Quaker)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14 10:15 a.m. Please arrive by 10 a.m. for set up. Interviews are welcomed after the media conference

WHY: For six decades, fire fighters have fueled MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases. Funds raised through the 2014 Lubbock Fill the Boot events will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support – which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong, barrier- free MDA summer camp at Ceta Canyon in Happy, Texas. The Fill the Boot program also helps MDA raise awareness and provides professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.

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