Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:13 a.m. CDT by Jon DeMaster
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) – The Sheboygan Fire Department Local 483 is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger. It will take place August 17th and 18th.
Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, twenty dedicated fire fighters from Sheboygan Fire Department Local 483 will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, they will be at the intersection of 25th and Superior and 8th Street and Erie between 11am 5:00pm both days.
We are thrilled to be working with the Sheboygan Fire Department Local 483 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 Fundraising Coordinator Murphy Maes. The dedication of these fire fighters to MDAs mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Sheboygan. We know that their devotion to our families will make this years drive a success.
Funds raised through Sheboygan Fill the Boot events in 2017 empower families who inspire everyday Americans to help kids and adults with Muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger, displaying how we all can truly live unlimited no matter what limits we may face.
Contributions also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Prevea Health in Green Bay, WI and the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI. They also help send more than 45 local kids to the best week of the year at MDA summer camp at Pilgrim Center 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 MDAs efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.
As MDAs largest national partner, the IAFF fuels MDA’s mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and provide families with services and support.
IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization 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. The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2016, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $25 million. To date the IAFF has raised $585.5 million for MDA.
About the IAFF: The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nations population. More than 3,200 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada.
About MDA MDA is leading the fight to free individuals and the families who love them from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.
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SHEBOYGAN Fire Fighters Support MDA with Annual Fill the Boot Drive – WHBL Sheboygan