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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Firefighter Drive Gives Muscular Dystrophy the Boot

Malibu drivers need to be on the lookout for firefighters. On June 9, 10, and 11, Los Angeles County firefighters will hold their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an organization committed to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy, and other related diseases, a press release states.
County firefighters will be stationed at various intersections throughout the County of Los Angeles during this three day campaign to collect funds to benefit various MDA programs including summer camps, support groups, and scientific research.
This is the eighth Annual Fill the Boot campaign that Los Angeles County Firefighters will be participating in.
In 2009, LACFD firefighters were able to raise over $332,000 to aid the MDA in their efforts to find a cure and they are hoping to surpass that this year. Firefighters across the United States participate in Fill the Boot programs and are helping to raise funds for the MDA, “one boot at a time.” Last year, California firefighters raised over $1.75 million with Fill the Boot programs, the press release states.
“Citizens across the county are encouraged to come out and help firefighters fill their boots in order to give those affected by Muscular Dystrophy and other related diseases the proper medical treatment they deserve.”
In Malibu, the fundraising drive—or drive-by—can be hazardous, as firefighters occasionally have to dodge fast-moving vehicles and distracted drivers while collecting donations at the intersection of PCH and Webb Way.
Malibu drivers are reminded to watch for the fundraisers and to drive safely.
“The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) made a commitment to the MDA in 1954,” the press release states.
“IAFF is the MDA’s single largest sponsor and with that the IAFF has helped to raise over $450 million to benefit this organization. The success of the Fill the Boot campaign has led to major medical breakthroughs that will continue to aid the MDA in finding a cure for those who are combating Muscular Dystrophy and other related diseases. MDA receives support from the IAFF and non-Union fire departments nationwide.
“Fill the Boot funds support MDA’s services locally and nationally. MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.”
MDA maintains about 230 clinics nationwide. According to the press release, the association’s programs are almost entirely funded by individual private contributors. More information about MDA services and research can be found at www.mda.org.

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