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(ABOVE) MDA North Metro and Vancouver Goodwill
Ambassador Carson Jones, 12, and his counselor Bobby
Heiney, 24, from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. (RIGHT)
Water Ball, organized by Springfield Local 1395 and
Hoodland Local 1660, was a camp favorite for more than 100
MDA campers. Some 70 union firefighters took part.
Fire Fighters play
with MDA kids
at summer camp
WELCHES, Ore. — Over 100 firefighters from Hood River,
Hoodland, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas, Lake Os-
wego, Hillsboro, Albany, Estacada and Portland took part in “Fire-
fighter’s Day” July 12 at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s an-
nual summer camp at Camp Arrah Wanna.
Over 90 youths from Oregon and Southwest Washington attended
the camp July 8-15. The camp allows children ages 6 to 21 with neuromuscular dis-
eases who are in wheelchairs or have limited mobility to enjoy a fun-filled week of
activities in a physically and emotionally-safe environment.
“The camp experience gives participants the unique opportunity to make friends
and participate in outdoor events alongside youth with similar diseases,” said Jes-
sica Pollack, public affairs coordinator for the MDA Portland region.
More than 30 firefighters donated a week of their personal time by serving as
camp counselors for the entire week.
On Firefighter’s Day, the kids played a few games of water ball and had Fire-
fighter Fear Factor where they had to dig gummy worms out of tins of pudding with
their face. They also had blindfolded wheelchair maze races.
“The kids had a great time with them (firefighters) while they were there,” Pol-
The International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, is one of MDA’s old-
est and largest sponsors. Fire Fighters have contributed over $230 million to MDA
since 1954. Not only do they volunteer at camp every year, fire departments across
Oregon and the U.S. participate in Fill-the-Boot drives, whereby firefighters ask
passing motorists to fill their fire boots with cash for MDA.
MDA sent out a special “thank-you” to the following locals for attending this
year’s MDA camp: Albany 845, Canby 1660, Clackamas County 1159, Corvallis
2240, Forest Grove 1660, Gresham 1062, Hillsboro 2210, Hood River 3256, Hood-
land 1660, Newberg 1660, Portland 43, Sandy 1660, Springfield 1395, Tualatin
Valley 1660, and Vancouver, Wash. 452.
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