Rockingham firefighters to ‘Fill the Boot’

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Rockingham Fire Department, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the firefighters’ first ever local Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the local area.

Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Members of the Rockingham Fire Department are not strangers to being a part of their community. In October, they donned pink T-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Members of the Rockingham Fire Department are not strangers to being a part of their community. In October, they donned pink T-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Rockingham fire fighters will be out with boots in hand for this year’s drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at Walmart.

“For more than six decades fire fighters have stood on the front lines for MDA, striving to make a difference in the lives of those affected by muscle disease,” said MDA Associate Executive Director Lisa Cole. “Fire fighters in this area do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group, dedicating countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. We’re grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life, and we’re excited to make Rockingham’s Fill the Boot campaign a huge success!”

Funds raised through the 2015 Rockingham Fill the Boot event will build on decades of research progress, helping push science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures.

Dollars raised also help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic in Charlotte. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp Bethelwoods in York, S.C. and nearly 80 other locations nationwide.

Fill_the_BootAs the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s largest national sponsor, firefighters fuel MDA’s mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases. In addition to Fill the Boot events, contributions from charity baseball games and other local events hosted/sponsored by firefighters help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.

Fire fighter support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization’s unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. Fire fighters raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2013, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million. To date the Fire fighters have raised $558 million for MDA.

About MDA
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews. Learn more about MDA’s mission by watching this video.

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