Forty-eight hours after ascending to the top of Fire Station #1, members of the Medicine Hat Fire Department were able to raise enough money for Muscular Dystrophy research to come back down.
Since starting the campout Friday, the Medicine Hat Fire Department smashed past their $13,000 goal, collecting $16,325.10 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
“It’s fantastic,” said firefighter Curtis Noble, who along with fellow firefighter Ryan Bice, camped out on the roof of the station. “They money we helped raise made the cold worthwhile.”
“We’re extremely satisfied that we have raised money to help people affected with Muscular Dystrophy live easier lives and hopefully one day find a cure.”
Noble said the firefighters reached their goal late Saturday night, following the Medicine Hat Tigers game, where firefighters also collected.
In addition to collecting donations at the fire station and Arena, firefighters were also collecting donations at the Medicine Hat Mall, a first for this year.
Although it was cold on the roof, with temperatures dipping below minus 20 degrees, the generosity and warmth of the people in Medicine Hat could be felt by the firefighters.
“The people of Medicine Hat, like they always do for these charity events, have been reaching out, taking money and putting it in the boot,” said Noble. “It’s been fantastic.”
“After the Hedley concert on Friday, there were a lot of people, so we made sure to hang out until the remainder of that.”
“Year after year, it just keeps getting better,” said firefighter Chad Guidinger, collecting at the mall on Saturday. “The awareness is getting out there for it.”
The firefighters did the campout this year in honour of Michael James Page, who passed away from the disease four months ago.
“Michael was a young man involved heavily with our Muscular Dystrophy fundraising,” said Noble. “He truly did live each day to the fullest, and he wasn’t shy about giving a smile and being a friendly guy.”
Fire departments across Canada have been collecting for Muscular Dystrophy Canada since 1954. Medicine Hat has been raising funds since 1971, and have been holding the rooftop campout for four years.
“The guys love doing it, it’s a lot of fun,” said Guidinger. “The guys get behind it, it’s a great time.”
Story compliments of Medicine Hat News Charles Lefebvre on February 24, 2014