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Eastern suburbs: Local firefighters partake in MDA fundraiser

"Really, all I want everybody to know about neuromuscular diseases is that the more money that is donated, the more people can find a cure for those diseases," Canute said.

Canute, who is 13 years old, has been raising money for MDA for six years.

The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has been the largest contributor on funds to the MDA since 1954. Locally, members participate in the annual Fill the Boot drive, where they stand in the busy streets so passersby can throw coins and bills into the boot.

Tompkins said people should expect to see the next boot drive sometime in late summer or early fall.

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