A special kick off event for the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign is being hosted by members of the Wake Forest Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.
The kick-off event on August 15th at 2 PM at Fire Station # 4 on 1505 Jenkins Rd. This kick-off continues this honored firefighter tradition after more than 60 years of providing constant ambition and loyalty to help give individuals the strength to live longer and grow stronger.
At this kick-off, Wake Forest will be presenting a large check in recognition of the department raising $10,991 to benefit MDA. The department will also throw in the first dollar into a boot to signal the kick-off of this year’s campaign.
“The members of the Wake Forest Fire Department display an unwavering support for MDA as they raise critical funds to help our families get the strength and resources they need,” said Associate Executive Director, Liz Shirley. “We are so proud to kick off the 2017 Fill the Boot campaign with these first-responders who mirror the strength and nobility of MDA families who strive to live unlimited every day.”
On August 26th, September 9th, and September 23rd between 11-6:30 PM this year’s Fill the Boot campaign will officially begin at the entrance of Wake Pointe Plaza shopping center on 11216 Capital Blvd. Members of the Wake Forest Fire Department will greet motorists in the entrance way, asking them to make a donation to support MDA’s mission of funding research to accelerate treatments and cures, as well as caring and empowering kids and adults from day one so they can thrive.
Funds raised through 2017 Wake Forest Fill the Boot events help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke. They also help send more than 70 local kids to a life-changing experience in an environment without barriers at MDA Summer Camp at Camp Hanes – all at no cost to their families.