During the 2018 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Cranston Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1363 took to the streets to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger. In the month of September, $24,064 was raised by Local 1363 to benefit the MDA.
“This year’s Fill the Boot was a success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in the Cranston community who have helped individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases truly live unlimited,” said MDA Executive Director Dana Nolan.
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 research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. They also help send more than 80 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families at Camp Hemlocks in Amston, CT.
As MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and provide families with services and support. IAFF’s 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. In 2017, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised more than $24 million. To date the IAFF has raised more than $630 million for MDA.