The Fort Payne Fire Department’s annual Fill the Boot campaign just ended, but they’ve just started fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s local chapter.
Firefighters “filled the boot” four weekends in August at Foodland, Walmart and the longest yard sale. Through these functions, the Fort Payne Fire Department raised more than $4,700 to support local services through the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Next, the department will host their annual Poker Run Saturday, Sept. 26. Registration is at 11 a.m. with the ride beginning at 12:30 p.m. The ride will begin at the Fort Payne Rotary Pavilion. For more information, contact the Fort Payne Fire Department.
This year is the 15th anniversary of the Fort Payne Fire Department partnering with MDA. To date, Fort Payne firefighters have raised more than $107,000 to support local services as well as research through the MDA.
Funds raised through 2015 Fort Payne Fill the Boot event 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 Program at Children’s of Alabama, The Kirklin Clinic at UAB Hospital, and Spain Rehabilitation Center in Alabama.
They also make MDA Summer Camp possible so children with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp ASCCA in Jackson’s Gap and nearly 80 other locations nationwide.
Additional services provided by funds raised through the Fill the Boot program include educational symposiums, support groups, flu shots, and repairs to durable medical equipment.
A representative from the Muscular Dystrophy Association said in a press release they are “so appreciative to the Fort Payne Fire Department and Fort Payne community for their support to the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The support, dedication, and generosity of the Fort Payne Fire Department and Fort Payne community are truly making a difference in the lives of others.”