CHICKASHA — Chickasha firefighters flexed some serious philanthropic muscle to collect record-setting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association this year.
Local firefighters collected $10,051 for MDA over the Memorial Day weekend as part of the national "Fill the Boot" initiative by the International Association of Fire Fighters.
The "Fill the Boot" fundraiser is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Chickasha Fireman Richard Prather said the fire department smashed their previous record of $6,234 from 2002.
"We want to thank the citizens of Chickasha and Grady County," Prather said. "There were more people working and higher traffic this year."
MDA Fundraising Coordinator Kristen Richardson accepted the check from local firefighters and said firefighters provide approximately one-third of their budget.
Richardson said 77 cents of every dollar collected goes to researching muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.
"There's no cure for MD or neuromuscular diseases," she said. "Spinal muscular atrophy was voted next to be cured and if they cure that, they're all linked."
The money will also be used to send children to an MDA summer camp in Hinton, Oklahoma, Richardson said.
She said it costs approximately $80 to send a child to the camp, and they plan to send approximately 40 this year.
"It gets expensive, but we don't turn anyone away," Richardson said.