The Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1565 will continue their long-standing tradition of collecting critical funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) through the Fill the Boot campaign this weekend.
Idaho Falls firefighters will be at the intersection of Hitt Road and 17th Street on Friday and Saturday, May 19 and May 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be asking pedestrians, motorists, and others to donate to the MDA which raises funds for kids, adults, and families fighting muscular diseases.
Motorists are urged to slow down, use caution, and be engaged and focused while driving to keep firefighters and motorists safe.
Local 1565 firefighters broke the records for collections in Idaho in 2021 and 2022, raising $49,574.22 and $53,178.32, respectively, and want to keep the momentum going by breaking the record again this year.
Individuals and local businesses can support this program by dropping cash and change in firefighter boots at the intersection over the weekend or by DONATING ONLINE.
In April, the MDA, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) kicked off more than 2,000 Fill the Boot fundraising events for 2023. The partnership started in 1954 when IAFF signed a proclamation designating MDA its charity of choice and vowing to continue raising awareness and funds until cures are found, according to the MDA website.
"Thanks to fire fighters filling the boot for decades, today we have 18 treatments for neuromuscular diseases approved by the FDA in just the past 12 years with many more in the pipeline. Those treatments were created from MDA’s vision to open a new field of medicine and push the boundaries of the medical frontier we call genetic medicine. Together with the support of the International Association of Fire Fighters to accelerate research and advance care, we are empowering the families we serve to live longer more independent lives. Fire fighters are a vital part of our mission in all the communities we serve across the country. We are extremely grateful to IAFF for maintaining their strong commitment to the Fill the Boot program," says Donald S. Wood, Ph.D., President and CEO of MDA.
Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, Idaho Falls Fire Department at (208) 612-8122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.