Vernon firefighters will be at several locations Friday and Saturday supporting Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Vernon firefighters will be at several locations Friday and Saturday supporting Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Firefighters give the boot to MD

The funds are used to provide support for those living with muscular dystrophy

Join Vernon firefighters as they shake their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

The boot drive takes place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vernon Square Safeway, the Village Green Centre, Walmart and Superstore and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at those same locations.

“We want people to be aware of why we’re out there,” said Chris Kulak, a Vernon firefighter.

“Stop by and drop off your extra change and help the firefighters fill their boots for muscular dystrophy.”

The funds are used to provide support for those living with muscular dystrophy – a group of more than 150 types of neuromuscular disorders that are characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles.

Over time, many people with muscular dystrophy are unable to walk, speak, or ultimately breathe.

Some of the diseases are life-threatening and presently, there is no cure.

“These funds help support research, education, services and equipment,” said Kulak.