Visitors to Apple Hill during the next two weekends will have an opportunity to join firefighters in an annual fundraising effort.
Employees of the El Dorado-Amador Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will be conducting their "Fill the Boot" drive on behalf of the Muscular Dysrtophy Association/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Able's Apple Acres at Hassler and Carson Roads and on Oct. 19 at High Hill Ranch, 2901 High Hill Road.
"El Dorado County residents and Apple Hill visitors have been enormously generous in filling the boot in the past and we expect that they will give what they can again this year," Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan said in a written statement.
Statewide last year, Cal Fire employees raised $440,627. Over the past five years, Cal Fire has raised more than $1.8 million, placing it No. 2 nationwide in fundraising efforts for muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, according to a Cal Fire news release.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association does not receive funding from federal, state or local governments, nor does it seek or receive fees for service. In California, the association sponsors 15 neuromuscular disease clinics where people with nerve and muscle disease can receive a range of services at no cost. Throughout California, the association also is funding more than 43 separate research projects seeking a cause, treatment and cure for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.
In addition, the Muscular Dystrophy Association provides funds for repair and maintenance of wheelchairs, leg braces and communication devices, as well as for MDA Summer Camps.