Grand Forks firefighters continued a decades-long tradition of raising funds to assist people with neuromuscular diseases.

The Grand Forks Fire Department Local 242 reported on Monday, Sept. 27, that it raised more than $29,000 for the annual Fill the Boot program. Funds will be used to assist children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

“Grand Forks Fire and the local community displays an unwavering support for (the Muscular Dystrophy Association) year after year, raising critical funds and awareness to help our families get the care they need,” said Elizabeth Nelson, regional director of fire fighter partnerships. “We are so thankful for their continued commitment to cure neuromuscular diseases, and to protect everyone on the frontlines in our community amid the pandemic.”

Donations help Muscular Dystrophy Association continue services for more than 250,000 people living with neuromuscular diseases across the country, and help continue supporting research efforts.

Though this year’s drive has closed, people can still make donations by visiting

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The International Association of Fire Fighters has collected funds in local communities as part of the Fill the Boot program, for 67 years.