Garland firefighters will be out on the streets of Garland asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on three consecutive Fridays, April 4, 11, and 18. Every dollar that motorists pitch into the firefighters’ boots helps Local 1293 firefighters provide medical treatment and support services to more than 100 individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in the Garland area. This year, the Garland firefighters are setting out to raise more than $40,000 for MDA.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Fill the Boot and the partnership between the International Association of Fire Fighters and MDA. The IAFF remains committed to the fight to end neuromuscular diseases.
“Firefighters are American heroes who make such a difference for the people and families we serve,” said MDA Executive Director, Tracy Denton. “The funds they raise are used for health care services and equipment support, and to help send kids to free MDA summer camps. We are grateful for everything they do.”
Fill the Boot funds also are used to support some of the 300 worldwide research projects seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and ALS.
“We know the money we raise definitely makes a difference in the lives of people affected by neuromuscular diseases, and that it helps them get the care they need,” said Local IAFF President, David Riggs. “Fill the Boot is a proud tradition for us, and it’s a great way for firefighters to be out in the community reminding residents that we are here, always ready to help.”
MDA is a non-profit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. For more information, visit mda.org or contact Haley Myers at (972) 480-0011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.