October 18, 2018

Heard County’s ‘Fill the Boot’ Fundraiser set for Sept. 1-3

(Franklin, GA/Times~Journal) — Members of the Heard County Fire Department are coordinating their annual ‘Fill the Boot’ fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility.

More than 75 fire fighters at the Heard County Fire Department will be on the downtown square with boots in hand for this year’s drive September 1-3, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

“For more than sixty years, firefighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” said Bridgett Monroe, Divisional Director.

“Each year, Heard County fire fighters dedicate countless hours of their time participating in Fill the Boot drives. We’re grateful for their steadfast drive and uncommon caring toward the kids and adults we serve and look forward to working together once again to make this Fill the Boot season a huge success.”

MDA’s spirited ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated firefighters in hometowns across America hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.

Funds raised through 2016 Heard County Fire Department Fill the Boot and other events empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits.

Contributions also help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Atlanta.

They also help send more than 125 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Camp Twin Lakes.

Firefighters began their support for MDA in 1954 when they committed their support to MDA until a cure is found, and firefighters unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. Firefighters 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 2015, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $25.5 million. To date firefighters has raised $583 million for MDA.

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. Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.

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