Firefighters & Sabres Help Raise Money for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Team

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) On a rainy morning in Buffalo, nearly 100 city firefighters headed out to eight different locations, with fire boots in hand, in hopes of collecting $25,000 to help research spinal muscular atrophy which is also known as SMA.

SMA is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system.

"It is actually the number one genetic disease that unfortunately leads to death in kids under two years of age," said Tim Reilly, father of an 8-year son with SMA.

Joining in the efforts this morning were five members of the Buffalo Sabres players and alumni including Andrew Peters and Patrick Kaleta.

Also on hand, was 8-year old Matthew Reilly who has SMA.

Matthew has relatives on the Buffalo Fire Department and he plays on a special hockey team for kids in wheelchairs.

His reaction to spending time collecting money with SabreTooth and some of the Sabres players; "Yeah. It was cool!"

On Saturday, a public fundraiser for the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Team will be held at the First Niagara Center from 1-6pm.

Admission is $25 per person or $50 per family with proceeds going toward research costs that are hoping to find a cure for the genetic disease.

"Come one and all. Lots of fun for kids and adults. Kids can actually go on the floor of the arena and play floor hockey. It's a ton of fun," added Tim Reilly.