Fill the boot kicks off in Odessa

A former firefighter lost his son to the disease but hasn't stopped fighting.

ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - In the early 2,000's "Fill the Boot" was illegal. 

Pan handling across the state of Texas is illegal and although the Muscular Dystrophy Association has been around since 1954, there was a time when firefighters were not allowed to participate. That all changed when the Sean Mckinnis Charitable Solicitation Act was passed in 2005. 

The law came after an Odessa boy had lost his life to muscular dystrophy. He just so happened to be the son of a former Odessa firefighter. 

"It was the worst day of my life..." said former firefighter, David Mckinnis. 

Mckinnis knew the chances of his son surviving through childhood were slim. 

"To watch all the doctors work. I was was firefighter for 30 years and I'd seen all that...but when they're doing it to your kid it's pretty rough" Mckinnis said. 

Sean may have died at a young age but his legacy lives on through Odessa Fire Rescue. 

For the next few days, firefighters will be accepting donations in hopes of aiding in the research of muscular dystrophy, a disease that doesn't yet have a cure. All earnings will help local children who are battling the disease, then remaining funds will be dispersed nationally.

You can find out more about Fill the Boot and MDA here

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