East Pierce fills the boot despite rain

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters and volunteers with the Muscular Dystrophy Association once again collected money for families affected by muscular dystrophy.

Heidi Rolfsness and her son Kaden Fill the Boot in Sumner on the corner of Valley Ave and Main St.

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters and volunteers with the Muscular Dystrophy Association once again collected money for families affected by muscular dystrophy.

Firefighter Matt Reinke organized the Fill the Boot fundraiser for the third year in a row with the help of firefighter Ben Paradis. Reinke has been participating in Fill the Boot events since he was a kid helping his dad raise money with the old Sumner Fire Department.

Last year, the fundraiser took in nearly $13,000 in donations.

This year, the fundraiser brought in almost $9,000 in donations.

Bad weather conditions on Saturday meant firefighters were unable to collect donations in Edgewood.

The money raised in these events help send kids with muscular dystrophy to a summer camp at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor.

The camp is modified so kids as young as 6 and as old as 17 can attend and participate in activities that they normally couldn’t because of their disease.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Seattle office said this year will be the camp’s biggest year with 80 kids attending.

Bridget Husk from MDA said the camp is free for all of the kids who attend.

She said the job is tough, but it is also really rewarding.

“I think it is the most awarding exhaustion, you will ever feel in your entire life,” Husk said.

“It’s very rewarding to see these kids at camp,” Reinke said.

 

More in News

Black Diamond supports recall as OPMA lawsuit comes to an end

Councilwoman Pat Pepper will most likely be recalled as soon as the February special election is certified Friday, Feb. 23.

State Patrol now ticketing for E-DUIs; insurance premiums may be affected

When the law was passed last year, WSP was just giving warnings. Now, drivers will be pulled over and ticketed with an E-DUI for using electronics behind the wheel.

POM Executive Director moving on | Plateau Outreach Ministries

Britt Nelson will be leaving her position as head of the organization in June.

Local museums to participate in Pierce County history event

The Foothills Historical Museum in Buckley, the Greater Bonney Lake Historical Society, the Carbon River Corridor/Wilkeson Historical Society and the Sumner Historical Society are coming together Feb. 24.

Largest Salmonella outbreak linked to live poultry | Department of Health

There were more than 1,000 Salmonella cases nationally last year.

Bonney Lake council starts pool talks, considers forming metro parks district

The last metropolitan parks district the city asked voters to approve failed in 2013, with 80 percent of voters against it. But an energetic group of folks who want a city pool could change that in the near future.

Enumclaw Council agrees to earlier starting time

Instead of 7:30 p.m. on Moondays, the council will now meet at 7 p.m. sharp.

Enumclaw High hosts 7th annual Empty Bowls event

The event, held at Enumclaw High School, will help fund the Enumclaw Food Bank and Plateau Outreach Ministries.

Most Read