Fill the Boot Campaign Kicks Off - WBAY

Fill the Boot Campaign Kicks Off

Green Bay -

Firefighters across northeast Wisconsin are kicking off their boots and trying to fill them with money for the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Robbie Ivey, 15,  of Iron River, Michigan was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy when he was 5-years-old.

"Basically the way they explain it is it's like Pac-Man eating my muscle cells," he said.

"I was told he'd be dead by the age of 15. My son just turned 15 in May. So, that's my milestone," added his mother, Carrie Ivey.  

Every summer Robbie looks forward the Muscular Dystrophy Association camp for kids, where he does things he normally might not be able to do. 

"You get to ride in the pontoon, go fishing, do arts and crafts, sports and rec," explained Robbie.

So, to help kids just like Robbie, firefighters in Northeast Wisconsin will hit the streets holding boots to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"You're going to see us at some intersections. We would really appreciate you dropping in a couple bucks. Some spare change. The boots get heavy after awhile, which is a good thing," said Chad Bronkhorst, the union president for Green Bay Metro Local 141.

This is the 60th anniversary for the campaign, which WBAY is sponsoring this year. 

Tuesday, a kickoff for the event was held at Fireman's Park in Green Bay with firefighters from Brown County.

"In a small way, even with the small amount that we raise, compared to the national numbers, what we raise is a small amount, but that small amount helps make a better day for a lot of folks," said Suamico Fire Chief Doug Doefer.

The money goes toward research to find a cure and to fund things like MDA Summer Camp, which costs $800 per kid.

"To watch these guys stand outside, 80, 90 degree weather in their fire uniforms, running up and down, it's phenomenal," said Carrie.

The campaign runs through August.

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