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Firefighters Raise Close to $6,500 for Muscular Dystrophy Association During March


Firefighters Serve Lunch & Dinner on Rock Bottom


April 4, 2012 -- Firefighters in the Portland Firefighters Association (PFFA), Local 43 raised close to $6,500 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the month of March.

Over the course of several events held at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, firefighters donated and collected funds which will help local children and adults in Portland who are affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Portland Firefighter and Assistant Public Information Officer Tommy Schroeder coordinated several of the events, including off-duty Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters volunteering to serve lunch and dinner to customers at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. The Rock Bottom Foundation then donated a portion the day’s proceeds to the MDA.  Schroeder feels strongly about supporting this cause.

“Firefighters are longtime friends and supporters of the MDA.” Schroeder goes on to say, “The funds we help raise support MDA’s services, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in neuromuscular disease, special summer camps for MDA kids, and worldwide disease research programs.”

Founded in 1950, MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. In addition to funding ground-breaking research, MDA maintains hundreds of clinics nationwide. MDA is the first non-profit recognized by the American Medical Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award “for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity.”

The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributions.

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