College Station, TX- Fire fighters will be out on the streets of College Station asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday August 30th, Saturday August 31st & Sunday Sept 1st.
Every dollar that passing motorists can pitch into the fire fighters’ boots helps the College Station Fire Department and the College Station Professional Fire Fighters Association provide medical treatment and support services to individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in the greater College Station area.
Make a difference to Muscular Dystrophy families by making a donation! Please visit your local fire fighters on the corners of Texas @ Southwest parkway, George Bush @ Texas Ave, Harvey Rd @ Hwy 6 Feeder, WD Fitch @ Hwy 6 Feeder, Rock Prairie @ Longmire Dr. and GlenHaven @ University. Fire fighters will be filling the boot between 9 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm.
“Fire fighters are American heroes who make such a difference for the people and families we serve,” said MDA Executive Director Vienda Velasquez. “The funds they raise are used for health care services and equipment support, and to help send kids to free MDA summer camps. We are grateful for everything they do.”
The College Station Fire Department and College Station Professional FF Association has in the past six years raised $140,000 in Fill the Boot funds. The funds are used to support some of the 300 worldwide research projects seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and ALS.
“We know the money we raise definitely makes a difference in the lives of people affected by neuromuscular diseases, and that it helps them get the care they need,” said Mike Clements, President of the College Station Professional Fire Fighters Association. College Station Interim Fire Chief Eric Hurt stated “Fill the Boot is a proud tradition for us, and it’s a great way for CSFD fire fighters to be out in the community reminding residents that we are here, always ready to help.”
IAFF became the first national sponsor for MDA in 1954, and over the years, fire fighters have raised millions of dollars to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease. Fire fighters have raised money for MDA through their participation in the annual Fill the Boot campaign.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
In addition to funding some 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular disease; and provides free local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle disease. For more information, visit mda.org.
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