Leduc Fire resurrects rooftop campout to support MD Canada

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Four of Leduc’s fire medics are volunteering their time and efforts to raise money and awareness throughout the region about muscular dystrophy.

“We have an amazing family here at Leduc Fire, devoted to this community and committed to serving others,” says Leduc Fire Chief George Clancy. “It’s been four years since the last rooftop campout and as their chief I’m incredibly proud of these campers as they’re taking charge, giving of their time for a highly worthy cause that helps those in our community living with neuromuscular disorders.”

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) until March 14 at 2 p.m. when the community is invited to join the Leduc Fire family, sponsors and supporters to welcome the campers off the roof and back to everyday life.

Visit www.rooftopcampout.ca 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 McLaughlin, Corporate Communications