SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Fire Department is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.
Continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community, dedicated fire fighters from Sylacauga Fire Department will hit the storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on September 6th, 7th and 8th at the Piggly Wiggly locations on W. Fort Williams St. and Old Talladega Highway.
“We are thrilled to be working with Chief Gardner and the Sylacauga Fire Department again as they Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Associate Executive Director, Erin Franklin. “The commitment of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is meaningful. Their time and dedication to Fill the Boot makes an impact in MDA’s mission to help transform lives through services and care for the kids and adults in Sylacauga who are affected with neuromuscular diseases. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”
Funds raised through Sylacauga Fill the Boot events in 2019 will help the MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Centers at University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama and in Birmingham.
They also help send more than 60 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp ASCCA – all at no cost to their families.
In addition to Fill the Boot drives, fire fighter contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.
MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. We do this through innovations in science and innovations in care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research we have supported is directly linked to approved, life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases. We support the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics providing best-in-class care at more than 150 of the nation’s top medical institutions, and each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at MDA Summer Camp and through recreational programs. For more information visit mda.org.