This year, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) launches its annual Fill the Boot fund-raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) online to address social distancing guidelines for the firefighters and the vulnerable community MDA serves.
Fill the Boot aims to raise funds for research into treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS, and neuromuscular diseases. Donations will also help meet the urgent need for MDA’s Frontline COVID-19 Emergency Fund to continue services for people living with neuromuscular diseases, according to a news release from MDA.
“For six decades, IAFF members have been at intersections across America with their fire boots to collect donations for MDA. But the COVID pandemic and social distancing make that an impossibility. Virtual Fill the Boot will let our members continue to collect to help MDA meet their vital mission of finding treatment and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases.”
— IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger
“IAFF members display an unwavering support for MDA year after year, raising critical funds and awareness to help our families get the care they need.We are so thankful to the IAFF for continuing its commitment to cure neuromuscular disease and for the flexibility to go virtual through this pandemic to protect everyone on the frontlines in our communities.”
— MDA CEO and President Lynn O’Connor Vos
For more information, visit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
[Source(s): Muscular Dystrophy Association, PR Newswire]