The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), launches the 2021 “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign.

Where safe, IAFF affiliates and their members will resume in-person MDA Fill the Boot events nationwide to raise funds for scientific and clinical research and care for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases.

The longstanding tradition of live Fill the Boot events was paused during the pandemic and pivoted to be held virtually. Online donations will continue, even as fire fighters once again take to the streets in communities across the country with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers, and other passersby to support the mission, a media release from MDA explains.

“For over 67 years, IAFF fire fighters have been resolute in our commitment to supporting MDA families. In 2021, we recommit to those families, as we return to our communities across the nation to Fill the Boot for MDA.”

— Roger Lopez IAFF/MDA National Coordinator

“We are forever grateful to IAFF for maintaining their strong commitment to the Fill the Boot program — even during the pandemic. For the past year, IAFF has supported the program virtually through online donations – and while that will continue – we are thrilled that ‘The Boot Is Back’ in-person in communities across the nation.

“Without a doubt, much of the progress made in the field of neuromuscular disease research, care and advocacy, has been possible because of the decades of support and indefatigable efforts of the IAFF.”

— Donald S. Wood, PhD, President and CEO of MDA

[Source(s): Muscular Dystrophy Association, PR Newswire; image courtesy of MDA]

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