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Garland Firefighters Reach Best Year Ever During Fill the Boot Drive for MDA

Garland firefighters took to the streets asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on three consecutive Fridays that began in April, hoping to raise $40,000. They exceeded their goal, raising $63,844 to help find treatments and cures for more than 100 families living with neuromuscular disease in the Garland area. They attribute their success to the generosity of the many citizens who stopped to make donations.

“We deeply appreciate the work firefighters in Garland do for MDA,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Haley Myers. “It does make a difference to all the people and families here who are living with muscle disease. They see these American heroes going out to support them, and it tells them they have strong partners standing by their side.”

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.

MDA is the nonprofit 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.

In addition to funding some 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular disease; and provides free local summer camp opportunities for thousands of children fighting progressive muscle disease. For more information, visit mda.org.