Firefighters 'Fill The Boot' Campaign Enters 65th Year

by America's Keepers on August 27, 2019
Firefighters will be patrolling the streets this Labor Day holiday weekend for the annual MDA fundraising campaign...Giving Muscular Dystrophy the Boot.

For more than 65 years, Fill the Boot has been a strong fire fighter tradition – giving families with muscular dystrophy in hometowns across America hope for the future and support for today.

Money raised through the Fill the Boot drive will help children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Fill-the-Boot weekend supports the children and adults affected by neuro-muscular disease and their families. The donations will help pay for expensive and highly specialized medical equipment, household modifications to accommodate the equipment, medical therapy research, and to the children affected- summer camp. Summer camp is a week-long trip to Empire, CO and is made possible by camp counselors and firefighters from across IAFF’s 9th District.

As for the summer camp, “They get to ride horses, they get to kayak, they get to swim, they get to do all the things that normal kids get to be… for $800 for that day to be normal, it’s worth it,” said CJ Haberkorn with the Denver Fire Department.

From the official website

It’s a Lifesaving Tradition

Since 1954, IAFF has supported MDA with unwavering drive and relentless passion.

Because of your support, three new drugs for neuromuscular diseases have been recently approved, and more are expected in the next five years than in the past five decades. These treatments are life-changing for MDA families where walking, talking and even breathing can be difficult. This could not have been done without IAFF fire fighters like you.

We’re proud to have the IAFF as our largest national partner and are thankful for the thousands of fire fighters who have participated in Fill the Boot drives across America, as well as those who have volunteered countless hours at MDA Summer Camps.

And until a cure is found, we’ll be filling those boots together.