WEISER, Idaho, June 7, 2019 — Weiser Fire & Rescue is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases. Continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community, dedicated fire fighters from Weiser Fire & Rescue will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on Saturday, June 22nd during the Fiddle Parade in downtown Weiser, and then at the intersection of Main St and State St following the parade until about 3:00 PM.
In 2018, Weiser Fire & Rescue held their inaugural Fill the Boot campaign, raising $1,026, and they are hoping to beat last year’s total. “We are thrilled to be working with Weiser Fire & Rescue for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said MDA Executive Director, Autumn Hume. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Weiser. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.” Funds raised through Weiser’s Fill the Boot event in 2019 will help the MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the multi-disciplinary MDA Care Center at St. Luke’s Hospital. They also help send more than 50 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Quaker Hill Camp in McCall – all at no cost to their families. In addition to Fill the Boot drives, fire fighter contributions from year-round local events, including help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.
MDA and Fire Fighter Partnership
The partnership between Fire Fighters and MDA began in 1954 when the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization's unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. As MDA’s largest national partner, they have raised more than $650 million for the MDA to date. Today the Fire Fighter/MDA partnership is finding new ways to save lives by working to expand newborn screenings in the U.S. with Pompe disease or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), so that they can be immediately eligible for lifesaving and life changing therapies.
MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. We do this through innovations in science and innovations in care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research we have supported is directly linked to approved, life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases. We support the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics providing best-in-class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions, and each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at MDA Summer Camp and through recreational programs. For more information visit mda.org.
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