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Nelson Firefighters 'ready to do anything' to help fight MS

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
December 20th, 2012

Oh, the weather outside is frightful.

Now try experiencing Mother Nature’s recent wintertime wrath on top of the Canada Safeway building in Nelson.

That’s where Acting Nelson Fire Department Captain Bob Patton and Firefighter Martin Ouellette are spending the next two nights at the pair join hands with fellow Nelson co-workers to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

“We’re ready to do anything . . . to brave any (conditions) to raise money for MS,” said Ouellette after putting the finishing touch on home for the next two nights.

The cause is fighting Muscular Dystrophy — a group of over 100 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting and progressive weakness of muscles.

Over time, many people with neuromuscular disorders are unable to walk, speak, or ultimately breathe. Some diseases are life threatening and presently, there is no cure.

The top of the Canada Safeway building has been a home for Nelson Firefighters for the past few years as the department joined an idea originated in Edmonton where fire fighters stage a fundraiser on an annual basis.

 “This is something that we’ve been doing for a long time and we’re going to keep doing until we find a cure,” Ouellette confessed.

While Patton and Ouellette deal with matters on top of the roof, fellow firefighters are on the ground looking for donations to the boot drive.

A $10 donation gets the donor a Christmas ornament.

Donate $20 and receive a income tax receipt.

For $50 the donor receives a gander from the top of the ladder on the ladder truck.

Patton and Ouellette took to the roof Thursday morning and plan on staying on top of the roof until Saturday — that’s two nights in the cold.

The pair is equipped with a tent, sleeping bags and air mattress.

“Bob and I will be camping on the roof to two nights and below we’ll be having a three-day boot drive to raise money so we invite people to come and check out what we’re doing,” Ouellette said.

Oh, and for those keeping score at home the Environment Canada forecast for the next few days is:

Thursday: Snow at times heavy. Amount 15 centimeters. High plus 1.

Thursday night: Snow at times heavy ending near midnight then cloudy. Amount 5 to 10 c centimeters. Low minus 2.

 Friday: Cloudy. Snow beginning early in the afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 centimeters. High plus 1.

Saturday: Snow or rain. Low plus 1. High plus 2.

Not your typical balmy Nelson weather to raise money.

But to these two firefighters, living on top of the Canada Safeway roof is nothing compared to the fight an MD sufferer endures on a daily basis.


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