Firefighters stuff $50,000 into boots for MDA
A total of $50,000 was raised in Nassau County during the 2017 Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot campaign.
The event was held the evening of Sept. 1 through Sept. 4 at major intersections throughout Nassau County.
Members of Nassau County Fire Rescue Professionals Local 3101 and Callahan Volunteer Station 5 took to the streets to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger. In addition to the funds raised by the firefighters, Southeastern Bank raised $250 toward this year’s campaign.
More than 100 firefighters fanned out across the county with boots in hand for this year’s drive. Nassau County firefighters had their own MDA ambassador, Ben, who is diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Callahan Volunteer Firefighters also had their own MDA Ambassador, Andrew, who is also diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They both visited local stations and collection sites to stand alongside our firefighters and wish them good luck.
“The firefighters of Nassau County Fire Rescue Professionals Local 3101 and Callahan volunteer firefighters have once again shown their immense dedication and care for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said MDA Fundraising Coordinator Jasmyne Stanley. “This year’s Fill the Boot was a huge success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in the Nassau County community who have helped individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases truly live unlimited.”
Firefighters have taken part in MDA’s Fill the Boot tradition for more than 60 years, hitting the streets or storefronts and 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.
Firefighter contributions help support MDA’s efforts to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the harm of neuromuscular diseases with year-round events.
Funds raised help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and care centers, including the MDA Care Center at UF Health in Gainesville and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Their efforts also send more than 35 local kids to MDA Summer Camp.