GILLETTE, WY 2012, AUG. 24 —Local firefighters will be around the city labor day weekend, Sept. 1-3, with boots in hand for their fundraising Fill-the-Boot drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Firefighters will stand in front of Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Albertsons, Smiths and the south Shell Foodmart and in Wright on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings, asking shoppers to drop donations into their boots to support those affected by muscle-deteriorating diseases in their communities.
Firefighters raised $28.5 million for MDA last year, making the grand-total for the 56-year tradition over $400 million! Firefighters have been volunteering their time to help children and adults with neuromuscular diseases since 1954.
Their goal is to raise $10,000 for families affected by the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases researched by MDA. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including equipment loans, and summer camps.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. The majority of contributions to MDA come from individual donors. MDA maintains clinics for area adults and children affected by neuromuscular diseases.