October 8, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
Fairfax, VA – More than 1,600 members of the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department Local 2068 raised $521,509.05 for muscular dystrophy, during the annual Fill the Boot campaign over Labor Day weekend. Muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases severely limit the strength and mobility of children and adults.
“For more than six decades, fire fighters have fueled MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for muscle-debilitating diseases,” said MDA Executive Director Tiffany Tillotson. “We are extremely grateful to have the support of these truly selfless heroes, as well as the entire Fairfax County community. It is with their generosity that we will be able to empower MDA families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits.”
MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters in hometowns across America hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA.
As MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and provide families with services and support. In 2015, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $25.5 million. To date the IAFF has raised $583 million for MDA.