Pitt firefighters host boot drive for MD

Will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at grocery and liquor stores around the city

(From left) Mark Davies

(From left) Mark Davies

Pitt Meadows firefighters will take off their boots Saturday to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

The firefighters’ annual boot drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at grocery and liquor stores around the city.

Muscular dystrophy is an inherited neuromuscular disorder that wastes and weakens the muscles. There are more than 100 different types of the disorder, which can eventually leave patients unable to walk, talk, or breathe.

The Pitt Meadows fire department raised more than $5,000 during its boot drive last year.

Firefighters will be outside the Real Canadian Superstore and the government liquor store at the Meadowtown Shopping Centre on Saturday. They will also be collecting donations at IGA and Starbucks at Meadowvale Shopping Centre, giving out press-on tattoos, stickers and balloons for the children. From 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., they will be fundraising outside the Cineplex Odeon Meadowtown Cinemas.

All money raised will go towards purchasing mobility equipment, providing support services for people with MD, as well as to research for a cure.