Plano Firefighters Hit the Streets to ‘Fill The Boot’

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PLANO - They're the heroes who help save lives every day. And in Plano this week, they're out on the street raising money for a special cause.

You've probably helped fill a boot or two. This time, donations are going go to save kids, like Chandler Mallen.

You wouldn't know by looking at him, but the outgoing 12-year-old suffers from Juvenile Dermatomyositis. It’s a disease that causes weak muscles and inflammation in kids as young as five.

But it's Chandler's courage that's kept his dad, Fire Captain Scott Mallen strong.

“He says, 'Dad, it's okay. I understand if I ever lose the use of my legs I will still never quit,'" Mallen explained.

That's why the Plano Fire Department is setting the bar even higher than last year when they raised $74,000 for Muscular Dystrophy research.

“These children do not let the disease define who they are. They don't let it dictate what they can accomplish or what they will succeed at,” Mallen added.