REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The International Association of Fire Fighters has been raising vital funds in the community since 1954 — one dollar at a time — through the Fill the Boot program for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Redmond Firefighters Association Local 3650 will continue this longstanding tradition as its members launch the annual fundraising program to support MDA’s vision to accelerate research, advance care and advocate. for the support of MDA families.
Dedicated firefighters from Redmond Fire Fighters Association Local 3650 will take to the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians and motorists to donate to MDA on Thursday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersections of SW 5th and SW 6th streets at SW Evergreen Ave.
Individuals and local businesses can also support firefighters by donating online at:https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/team/11910
The partnership between MDA and IAFF began in 1954 when the IAFF signed a proclamation naming MDA as its charity of choice and promising to continue raising awareness and funds until cures were found. To date, the nearly seven-decade partnership has raised more than $679 million with the participation of more than 300,000 firefighters nationwide. These funds have led in part to more than a dozen FDA-approved drugs in as many years for people with neuromuscular diseases. These treatments were created from MDA’s vision to open up a new field of medicine and push the boundaries of the medical frontier we call genetic medicine.
“What the IAFF has done for MDA over the past 68 years is unprecedented,” said Donald S. Wood, Ph.D., President and CEO of MDA. “With the support of our partners at the IAFF, MDA is doing everything possible to accelerate research, advance care and advocate for people living with neuromuscular disease. We are on a mission to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives and we will fulfill this mission together, with the IAFF.
The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 326,000 professional firefighters and paramedics who protect more than 85% of the country’s population. More than 3,500 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit IAFF.org and follow IAFF on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
About Association of muscular dystrophy
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the premier voluntary health organization in the United States for people with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular disorders. For more than 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care and advocating for the support of our families. MDA’s mission is to enable the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To learn more, visit mda.org and follow MDA on Instagram, Facebook, TwitterTikTok and LinkedIn.