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Manteca firefighters passing the boot to help support MDA effort for kids
Manteca firefighters will pass the boot Saturday, June 12, to help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. - photo by Photo Contributed
Manteca firefighters will fan out across the intersection of Main Street and Industrial/Mission Ridge on Saturday, June 12, with boots in hand, as they kick off their first annual Fill-the-Boot fund-raising campaign for children and adults with muscle-wasting diseases.

Throughout the day more than 20 people are expected to take part. Look for them from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“Time and again, these lifesaving heroes give so much of themselves for ‘my kids,’” MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis said.  “They’ve made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many. I hope people will see their tireless dedication and be moved and inspired to do their part.”       

In addition to summer camp, the bail money supports groundbreaking research projects, our MDA clinic at UC Davis Medical Center, support groups, equipment improvements and repairs, and other vital services that improve the quality of life for those suffering from neuromuscular diseases.  The Northern California Chapter of MDA provides support and services to over 1,200 local families impacted by muscular dystrophy in our district area.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive service, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributions.