Members of the Santa Rosa Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 4836 are supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Its members on Saturday will kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Continuing a more than 60-year tradition, over 10 Santa Rosa Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 4836 members will hit the storefronts, with boots in hand, asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on Nov. 4, 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Wal Mart in Pace.

“We are thrilled to be working with the members of the Santa Rosa Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 4836 for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Senior Fundraising Coordinator Crystal Ralys. “The dedication of these firefighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Santa Rosa County. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Contributions help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at UF Health in Gainesville and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. They also help send local kids to MDA summer camp, which takes place at Dowling Park in Live Oak, Florida, all at no cost to their families.