When 10-year-old Nykol Bustos wanted to raise money to donate to her local fire station, in support of the firefighters’ recent “FiIl the Boot” fundraising campaign for Muscular Dystrophy Association, she wasn’t quite sure where to …
When 10-year-old Nykol Bustos wanted to raise money to donate to her local fire station, in support of the firefighters’ recent “FiIl the Boot” fundraising campaign for Muscular Dystrophy Association, she wasn’t quite sure where to start.
All she had to do was ask her mom.
Nykol’s mother, Eleanor, has been participating in fundraising activities, specifically the MDA, for decades. Eleanor’s brother succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and as a young woman Eleanor took to the streets to raise money for research.
“I’ve done it all,” Eleanor said. “Walk-a-thons, I’ve done a lot of those. I went door-to-door, sometimes you had to go back again to get the money, sometimes they just gave you a set amount right then.”
Together, mother and daughter raised $80 within the day.
They were just two of the volunteers that helped push the fundraising efforts to new heights in Adams County. Firefighters from the North Metro Fire and Rescue — which includes Northglenn — raised $63,000 on the Labor Day weekend, $23,000 more than they raised in 2016.
“Thanks to her contributions and those of our residents we set a new record in fundraising,” said Sara Farris, public information officer for North Metro Fire Rescue District.” “It’s so great to see people her age doing such selfless acts.”
The money raised through the “Fill the Boot” campaign goes to support new drug therapies for neuromuscular diseases along with numerous patient services and programs, such as summer camps for kids with neuromuscular diseases. In the past year, four new drug therapies have been approved for neuromuscular diseases, thanks in part to funding by MDA.
The Bustos team, Nykol and Eleanor, were recognized by the fire district for their efforts. They credited a two-pronged effort, combining old-fashioned methods with modern technology, for their success.
The two placed a table and sign out front of their house, and talked to passers-by about MDA to solicit donations. They also took to social media and alerted those in their Nextdoor neighborhood to what they were doing.
Mother Eleanor said it’s no surprise to her.
“Nykol has always helped kids who are smaller than her, and actually anybody that needs a friend,” Eleanor said. “She’s always so caring, when she found out she could help by donating to the MDA, it was just incredible to watch. I was happy to help.”