Lubbock firefighters kick off MDA Fill the Boot campaign - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock firefighters kick off MDA Fill the Boot campaign

From Muscular Dystrophy Association:

Lubbock, August 14, 2012 — Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters, the Lubbock Fire Department and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will partner in the fight against neuromuscular diseases during the annual Fill the Boot campaign. Lubbock Fire Fighters and MDA officials and special guests will begin this year's campaign with a media kick-off.   

The event will be held at Fire Station #16, located at 4030 114th Street, on Wednesday, August 15th at 11:30am.

More than $83,000 was collected by the department last year, the goal for 2012 is $100,000.

Jay Watson, President of the Lubbock Professional Fire Fighters Local 972, is serving his 20th year participating in the fill the boot campaign.  He said, "The men and women of Lubbock Fire Department are dedicated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Several of our brother firefighters and their families have been affected personally by ALS and other neuromuscular diseases."

Lubbock firefighters will be on the streets filling the boot for MDA August 16th to 18th at various intersections from 9am to 5pm. All fire companies will be in service and available for calls as necessary.

Firefighters across the country are the top contributors to MDA having raised more than $475 million since becoming a supporter in 1954.  In 2011, Texas firefighters led the country collecting more than $3.5 million for MDA.

Funds raised by Lubbock Fire Department and dozens of other departments in the area  benefit nearly 300 families who are affected by a neuromuscular disease. More than 77 cents of every dollar raised by MDA supporters like firefighters goes directly to direct services and research.

MDA has invested more than $12.4 million in research funding in Texas over the last 5 years. During the same time period, MDA has provided more than $12.1 million in services to individuals living in Texas.

Other vital services include support group sessions, assistance with the repair of durable medical equipment and the children's favorite, summer camp.

Please join us in promoting this 58-year tradition of supporting MDA through Fill the Boot. For more information contact MDA via Ashley Knox at 806-793-5632.

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