WAUSAU — The Wausau Fire Department Local 415 continues to show its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise money for kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Continuing a 65-year tradition, firefighters from Wausau Fire Department Local 415 will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists and other passersby to make a donation to MDA from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 12 and 13 at Lakeview Drive and Grand Avenue during the Wausau Balloon and Rib Fest.

“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 Wausau,” said development coordinator Andréa Meulemans in a news release. “We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Money raised through Wausau Fill the Boot events in 2019 will help provide the MDA with resources to drive innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund research and life-enhancing programs, such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Prevea Health in Green Bay and Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield. They also help send more than 80 local kids to MDA summer camp at The Salvation Army Camp Wonderland.