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Spokane District 8 firefighters raise nearly $8,000 for muscular dystrophy

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane District 8 Firefighters were at the corner of 57th and Regal asking drivers and those walking to donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Association "It's a fundraiser for the MDA chapter here in Spokane, so every penny that we raise here goes right back to our community," said firefighter James Smock.

Those donations also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and care centers. Helping those with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger "There are a lot of different things that come up with these folks suffering these illnesses and without the monetary donations," added Smock

Since the start of this fundraiser nearly 60 years ago the international association of firefighters has raised over $630 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year there was a twist with this fundraiser. Firefighters did one push-up for every dollar donated, and they did that since 8 am Saturday morning “The very first person donated 50 dollars. The first guy started off with 50, and I think within ten minutes he was at 250 push-ups," said Smock.

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