Brentwood firefighters have been participating in the Fill the Boot campaign to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association for several years, however, like many other fundraisers, COVID-19 has halted their in-person efforts this year.
Residents are used to seeing firefighters around the city literally filling boots with donations. Instead, this year a virtual Fill the Boot campaign has been established with a goal to raise $20,000.
The money raised will send 10 children to MDA Summer Camp. Additional funds raised will support innovative research to change the future for people with neuromuscular disease.
“Camp is one week where a child gets to be surrounded with other children who have the same disease,” Lt. John Lopiccolo, a firefighter at Station 3, said.
Last year, Lopiccolo visited the camp and saw first hand what an amazing experience it was for the families in attendance.
“In talking with a parent, they expressed what the week meant to them,” he said. “One week they get to sleep through the night. People don’t realize they have to get up several times a night to suction, flip and give hands-on care for their child.”
Lopiccolo has led the charge for the past several years.
“This camp will last until we raise the $20,000 or MDA stops me from fundraising,” he said.
The MDA also helps raise money and offer support for adults diagnosed with ALS and other life-threatening diseases. For Brentwood firefighters, this is personal, as they lost one of their own, Doug Goddard, to the disease, as well as Peggy Howell, who lost her battle with ALS a few years ago and was a staunch supporter of the Brentwood firefighters.
Raising money for MDA keeps Howell’s and Goddard’s memory alive.
Use the following link to make donations or drop them off at Station 3, located at 1750 General George Patton Drive in Brentwood: https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=7363&fbclid=IwAR3RMHe58xd-l5Ma-fMI55a7YtHGdicJO2WLhlTc0qIWvUTHIZflmzYtU6g.