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TVF&R to Fill the Boot next week

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue crews will be in Beaverton, Tigard and Wilsonville next week, collecting money for the MDA through the annual Fill the Boot campaign.Firefighters are taking to the streets next week as part of their 60-year tradition of raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters will be at three locations next week as part of their annual Fill the Boot campaign, collecting money for MDA. Proceeds from the three-day fundraiser will help support MDA research and specialized healthcare services.

“This is about helping kids in our community,” said Ryan Schenk, a TVF&R firefighter stationed in Wilsonville. “This is one more way we can help save lives.”

Firefighters will be at three intersections over the next week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., accepting donations from passing motorists.

On Monday, firefighters will be in Beaverton at Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Highway 217. The following day, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, crews will be in Wilsonville at Wilsonville Road and Lower Boones Ferry Road, and firefighters will be in Tigard on Sept. 19 at the corner of Pacific Highway and Main Street. This year’s goal is to raise $40,000 to help the organization.

“We like to think of ourselves as leaders of Fill the Boot in our region,” said Trevor Nowak, a firefighter/paramedic from Beaverton. “We set the tone of other agencies across the region.”

Fill the Boot has become an annual tradition for TVF&R, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the organization over the years.

“One of the strongest partners we have is TVF&R,” said Colleen King-Showalter, MDA’s director of business development.

The International Association of Fire Fighters has been fundraising with the MDA for more than 60 years.

“Being firefighters, it’s bred into us to be a part of the community,” Nowak said. “We want to find ways to help out and make a difference. We’re looking for ways to help and this has always been a way. Until there’s a cure I don’t see us not doing this.”

TVF&R firefighters also volunteer at MDA summer camps as camp counselors.

“It gives these kids a real opportunity to have great experiences,” Schenk said. “They have a lot of challenges that I’m privileged to help out with.”

There are about 1,500 families across Oregon affected by muscular dystrophy, King-Showalter said. More than 150 of those families lives in Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s coverage area.

“They are truly our champions,” King-Showalter said. “They have been there for us through thick and thin. They keep us going and make sure our families know that there are people there helping them and supporting them during these really difficult times.”

Can’t donate in person? Donations can also be made at any fire station. Checks should be made out to MDA.

Fill the Boot

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., TVF&R firefighters will be at the following locations accepting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

• Sept. 14: Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and Highway 217

• Sept. 15: Wilsonville Road and Lower Boones Ferry Road

• Sept. 19: Pacific Highway and Main Street.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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