Local firefighters to ‘Fill the Boot’ for MDA
Jun 29, 2014 | 594 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Fire Department and the Cleveland Professional Firefighters Local No. 3748, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate its 60-year partnership and kick off the firefighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Cleveland area.

Firefighters will be out with their boots on the long holiday weekend of July 4 through 6, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Walmart stores on Keith Street and Treasury Drive.

“Throughout 2014, MDA and firefighters are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership, joined together in the fight against life-threatening muscle disease, said area director Holly Carroll.

“Firefighters dedicate countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and other local events.

“We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, well-being and quality of life, and we're excited to make this year’s Fill the Boot campaign the most successful yet.”

Funds raised during the Cleveland Fill the Boot events will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support — which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp.

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases.

Firefighters will be participating in Fill the Boot events across the country to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this coordinated effort between firefighters and the MDA.