Through the generous contributions made by the public, the Waxahachie Firefighters Association can claim success in this year’s “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 The fundraising drive was held for three days, which were spread out over two weekends.

Firefighters worked in teams at the intersections of Northgate Drive and U.S. Highway 77 and Indian Drive and U.S. Highway 77 and were able to raise $5,030. The funds collected will be used to help children with muscular dystrophy go to summer camp.

According to MDA, muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic diseases marked by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles, which control movement.

This disease can affect people of all ages. Muscular dystrophies are generally inherited but in some cases no family history of the disease may exist.

Association president Don Alexander expressed his appreciation to the community for its generous support for the campaign. Firefighters plan to be back out on the streets next year to raise funds for MDA but will host their event in April because of cooler weather then rather than during August. Alexander hopes firefighters can expand their coverage area and work in the different shopping centers to collect donations next year.

The association also wants to raise awareness and funds for ongoing cancer research through the sale of pink T-shirts during the statewide “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign.

The proceeds from the shirt sales will be split equally among three different groups, including the firefighters association’s cancer fund, which assists firefighters and their family members who are fighting cancer.

The second group is the Dinah Weable Foundation, which each year hosts a free luncheon in honor of breast cancer survivors and their immediate caregivers, with a goal of encouraging those who are going through treatment there is life after cancer and the disease can be overcome.

The foundation also raises funds to supply mammograms free of charge to people who can’t afford one or who don’t have insurance. The 2011 luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.

The third group is Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which uses funds toward research to find a cure for breast cancer.

This year’s shirt features a Maltese cross with the silhouette of a firefighter in the middle and a pink ribbon on the back. Printed below is the phrase “Cares Enough to Wear Pink.” On the front of the shirt in the right hand corner is a heart with a pink ribbon and the department’s initials.

The shirts are $12 each and are now on sale. Sizes range from small to 2X and shirts can be purchased at both fire stations from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week and on weekends. Station one is located at 407 Water St. and station three is at 200 YMCA Drive.

Alexander said there are still plenty of shirts in all sizes available.

Questions about the T-shirt sales can be directed to Alexander at dalexander@waxahachiefire.org.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1451.