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More than $22,000 raised by Pictou County firefighters for MD

Fire departments throughout Pictou County launched the annual Muscular Dystrophy boot drive on April 18.
Fire departments throughout Pictou County launched the annual Muscular Dystrophy boot drive on April 18. - Kevin Adshade

TRENTON, N.S. – They’re up to $22,000 and still counting the money. 
“We’re pretty near level with last year,” said Kenny Arsenault, who takes the lead role in the Muscular Dystrophy boot drive at the local level, with much help from the Pictou County Firefighter’s Association. 
“We’re at $22,000 with five bags (of money) to go, so we’ll be well over $22,000 by the time we’re finished. We’d just like to thank Pictou County for its generous support.”
More than 100 firefighters from 23 departments in Pictou County joined up to hold the annual boot drive on April 18 and April 20, raising money for muscular dystrophy. 
This was a bittersweet year for Arsenault and local firefighters; his son Daniel lived with Muscular Dystrophy and was front and centre for the boot drive over the years. His dad is with the Little Harbour Fire Department and was well known to local firefighters. 
Daniel Arsenault died last December at 18 years of age.
“I’ve been doing this for 32 years, not knowing why, until Daniel came along,” Arsenault said. 
“It’s something that I’ll never stop raising money for, but this was the hardest one.”

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