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      Columbia firefighters fight muscular dystrophy

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Brett and Jacob Rhoad were able to spend some quality time with men who get are used to fighting fire and saving the lives of others.

      The Columbia Fire Department is gearing up for their annual boot drive to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.




      "We go out to different intersections and we have a boot drive, it's for a great cause and there are a lot of kids that are effected by this disease and we want to try to help find a cure for it," said Chief Battallion Mickey Folsom.


      The fourteen year old twins were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when they were four, and their mother Julie said the Muscular Dystrophy Association has played a major role in their families lives.



      Julie Rhoad said the MDA refered them to doctors, clinics and has even help put her in touch with other parents who also have children with muscular dystrophy.



      Last year the firefighter's raised more than $100,000 for the MDA.



      They will start collecting money Wednesday March 20th through the 23rd at the following intersections:



      Assembly & Gervais


      Huger & Blossom


      Devine & Harden


      Bull & Elmwood


      Main & Sunset


      Bush River & Broad River


      South Beltline & Rosewood


      Forest Drive & Beltline


      Leesburg & Garners Ferry


      Two Notch & Decker


      Sparkleberry & Two Notch


      Hwy 21 & Blythewood


      Pineview & Garners Ferry


      Kennerly & Broad River


      Trenholm & Forest Drive


      Rabon Rd & Farrow Rd


      Rhame Rd & Clemson Rd


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