COLUMBIA, SC Its time for the Columbia Fire Departments annual Boot Drive for the Midlands Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Boot Drive will be held at the following intersections from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. March 19 - 21:
Assembly and Gervais streets
Huger and Blossom streets
Devine and Harden streets
Bull and Elmwood streets
Main Street and Sunset Boulevard
Bush River Road and Broad River Road
South Beltline Boulevard and Rosewood Drive
Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard
Leesburg Road and Garners Ferry Road
Two Notch Road and Decker Boulevard
Sparkleberry Road and Two Notch Road
U.S. 21 and Blythewood Road
Pineview Road and Garners Ferry Road
Kennerly Road and Broad River Road
Trenholm Road and Forest Drive
Rabon Road and Farrow Road
Rhame Road and Clemson Road
The drive has collected $2.3 million in the past 14 years. The fire department hopes to beat last years total of $132,000, according to a press release.
MDAs relationship with the Columbia Fire Department goes back more than 50 years. The drive grew in the late 1990s when firefighters were allowed to collect in the intersections and on duty. At that time, the department was inspired Retired Battalion Chief Tom Taylor's grandson Taylor McEntire who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. His spirit continues to be a driving force behind the drive that has helped families throughout the Midlands.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. MDA is funded almost entirely by individual private contributions and cooperating organizations. Only nine percent of every dollar collected is spent on administrative costs.