DELRAY BEACH – Mayor Cary D. Glickstein honored firefighters Tuesday for their volunteer efforts throughout the past five decades with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Glickstein proclaimed August Firefighter/MDA month in Delray Beach and called on citizens to support the city’s firefighters.
Last year, fire Fighters statewide collected roughly $1 million to support MDA’s lifesaving research the MDA Foundation and, in the past 11 years, has raised $85,850 with its Fill-The-Boot campaign.
MDA is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy and ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases that causes damaged muscles to get progressively weaker. Some varieties of the disease can also affect the heart.
ALS causes the nerve cells that send a message from the brain and spinal cord to muscles to degenerate and die. The brain is no longer able to initiate and control muscle movement. People in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.