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Fill The Boot Campaign Hits Buffalo Streets Thursday

Tomorrow morning your commute into and around Buffalo, might be interrupted with a plea from firefighters, to raise money and fight spinal cord injuries.

Firefighters will be joined by be members of the Sabres & Sabres alumni at 8 corners throughout the city collecting money.

The proceeds are going to SMART, The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Team, dedicated to find treatments for a crippling disease that causes weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles in the arms and legs of infants and children.

Hear Firefighters Sean Eagan and Paul Urbaniak In Studio with John Zach and Susan Rose Wednesday Morning    CLICK TO LISTEN   

Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA is the #1 genetic cause of death amongst children less than 2 years old, affecting nearly 1 in 6000 new births.

 1 in approximately 35 people carry a copy of the gene that causes SMA. That means that you, a family member, or a friend could potentially have a child affected by SMA.

READ MORE:   From The National Institutes of Health

FROM: Smart Hope.com 
There are currently no treatments from SMA, but there is significant reason for hope. SMA has been singled out as the genetic disease closest to treatment, and donations will support research that could find one
The "Fill The Boot" drive comes as The Buffalo Professional Firefighters Assoc. prepares to sponsor

SMART's annual gala next week on August 2, at First Niagara Center.

$25 per person or $50  per household. Beer, soft drinks, hot dogs, pizza, wings from several local taverns and incredible raffle prizes.  It also includes a  Kid Zone – including multiple inflatable’s, floor hockey on the First Niagara Center floor, 9 hole Putt-Putt course, Bubble hockey, crafts, a prize wheel for kids & more. 


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