Leduc Fire prepares for 2020 Rooftop Campout for MD

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Public education and awareness are the motivation for four of Leduc’s fire medics as they volunteer to spend three nights and four days on the roof of Fire House 1 in an effort to raise money for those living with Muscular Dystrophy.

Muscular Dystrophy and related muscle diseases are referred to as neuromuscular disorders, which are a group of diseases that weaken the body’s muscles. According to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, causes, symptoms, age of onset and severity and progression vary depending on the exact diagnosis and the individual affected.

Symptoms of neuromuscular disorders include muscle weakness, loss of function and progressive wasting. Common signs of the disease include poor balance, difficulty walking, limited range of motion, frequent falls and drooping eyelids. Muscular Dystrophy isn’t contagious as it’s a genetic mutation passed from one generation to another, and in some cases it can occur in a single individual due to a spontaneous mutation.

For anyone interested about learning more, visit Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s website as they have a detailed section on frequently asked questions.

Leduc’s rooftop campers will be on the roof of Fire House 1 (2-4119 50th St. Leduc) March 3 – 6, 2020. The community is welcome to see the campers to the roof during a brief ceremony at 10 a.m., March 3. Campers will be welcomed down at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 6, and everyone is invited to join the Leduc Fire family, sponsors and supporters to welcome them back to everyday life.

Visit Leduc’s Rooftop Campout website to make a donation and to learn more about the national efforts to help those living with one of more than 150 different types neuromuscular disorders.

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Leduc Fire Services is an integrated department dedicated to providing community and emergency services with a vision to become a recognized leader in fire and emergency medical services. Our motto is ‘Our Family Protecting Yours.’ You can find us online at Leduc.ca/fire, Facebook.com/LeducFireServices and Twitter (@LeducFire).

Mariann Tobin, Corporate Communications Officer