VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Firefighters will be hosting their annual fill the boots drive to benefit children living with muscular dystrophy on Friday and Saturday.
Firefighter Lt. Dereck Willis's son was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. He has mitochondrial myopathy, a kind of muscular dystrophy. The fire department raises money for children like Ian Willis to send them to camp each year and to find a cure for the disease.
Ian's mom remembers when she found out her son had the disease.
"It was the most heart-wrenching news we could've ever received," said Erin Willis. "He had a muscle biopsy in February 2006 and we received the results 15 weeks later."
Firefighters will collect donations in their fire boots this weekend at both Walmarts in Valdosta, the Winn Dixies on Ashley Street and Madison Highway and the two Harveys on Bemiss Road.