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Children with MD Experience Camp with Fill the Boot

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Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a group of diseases that weaken muscles and bones. Many people who live with MD can't participate in activities like summer camp, but the Minot Fire Department is making sure that North Dakota kids with MD can still have an amazing summer camp experience free of charge through their annual Fill the Boot Fundraiser.

The annual fundraiser had a humble beginning. Minot Firefighter Michael Cantone says it started 60 years ago when a Boston firefighter's kids suffered from Muscular Dystrophy and he wanted to do something for them.

Fire departments around the country started filling their boots with local donations. Minot's campaign kicked off Thursday morning with the first donation by Minot City Council President Mark Jantzer. That donation will help kids with MD from right here in Minot have a memorable summer camp experience.

Hailey Wheeler is from Minot and lives with Muscular Dystrophy. She says normally, there are a lot of restrictions for people with the disease, but at camp, it feels like there aren't any at all.

Thanks to Fill the Boot, Hailey got to attend Camp Courage in Maple Lake Minnesota. And she got to experience camp like any 14 year old.

"Ziplining is my favorite. And there's swimming, at a handicapped accessible pool." Wheeler says.

The Executive Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association was in Minot Thursday morning and says the MDA knows how many expenses and challenges families of kids with MD face, and through fundraisers like Fill the Boot, they make sure families don't have to pay a cent to attend camp.

The firefighters will be filling boots around Minot for three days because they know it's well worth it for kids like Hailey Wheeler.

Last year, the Minot Fire Department raised $36,000 and they're hoping to top that number this year in just three days.

The firefighters will be stationed at the intersections of 3rd St. and East Burdick and 16th St. and 20th Ave. Southwest until Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


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