El Paso Fire Fighters are set to kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) this Thursday, May 18 in efforts to find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility.
El Paso Electric officials start the yearly event in fine fashion, dropping the first $5,000.00 into the boot.
“For more than sixty years, fire fighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” said MDA Fundraising Coordinator, Shannon Schultz. “Each year, El Paso fire fighters dedicate countless hours of their time participating in Fill the Boot drives. We’re grateful for their steadfast drive and uncommon caring toward the kids and adults we serve.”
Contributions help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers. They also help send more than 35 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Manzano Mountain Retreat in Torreon, New Mexico.
IAFF 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.
The IAFF 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 2016, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $24.2 million.
To date the IAFF has raised over $607 million for MDA to support families with muscle-debilitating diseases and accelerate treatments and cures. El Paso Firefighters have an incredible $591,686 since 2011.