MADISON Fire fighters RAISES OVER $1,800 FOR local families TO BENEFIT MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATIO
TALLAHASSEE, FL November 6, 2015 — Members of the Madison Professional Firefighters Local #4565 and Madison Fire Department fanned out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive on throughout the month of October at Base St. and Duval. “Fire fighters in the Madison area do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group, dedicating countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life. This year they raised a record breaking $1,800 sending two children to MDA Summer Camp!” Area Director, Crystal Ralys.
Funds raised through 2015 Madison Professional Firefighters Local #4565 and Madison Fire Department Fill the Boot event will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support – which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Dowling Park in Madison, FL.
As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases. IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization's unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. The IAFF 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 2013, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million. To date the IAFF has raised $530 million for MDA.