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Dedicated To Local MDA Champion, Tallahassee Firefighters Kick Off 'Fill The Boot' Campaign

Tallahassee Fire Department

Tallahassee Firefighters have kicked off their 62nd annual MDA “Fill the Boot” campaign. It’s to help raise money in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy, the muscle disease that can severely limit strength and mobility. TFD spokesman Mike Bellamy says they’re dedicating this year’s boot drive to Joshua Richard, who passed away this year.

“Many of us were at Joshua’s service a couple months ago,” he said. “And, he was diagnosed at age 3 with Muscular Dystrophy [MD] and passed away at age 25, never expected to make it out of elementary school, and ended up at Florida State, and did many incredible things. And, if you remotely know a little bit about Josh’s story, then you’re deeply inspired to carry on his passion. He was a champion for the fight against MD.”

From Friday to Sunday, more than 200 Firefighters will be at nine different locations, including Publix and Winn Dixie. The goal is to raise $15,000.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.