During the 2017 MDA Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Wake Forest Fire Department took to the streets to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger. Through this year’s campaign, $10,381.58 was raised to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“The fire fighters of Wake Forest have once again shown their immense dedication and care for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said Associate Executive Director, Liz Shirley. “This year’s Fill the Boot was a success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in the Wake Forest community who have helped individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases truly live unlimited.”
Fire fighters have taken part in MDA’s Fill the Boot tradition for more than 60 years, hitting the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, joining the fight to find treatments and cures for devastating diseases that take away everyday abilities like walking, talking, hugging and even breathing.
Funds raised 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 Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. They also help send more than 70 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families at Camp Hanes.
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.