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Anna Fire fighters and MDA Rally Behind 60-Year Tradition, Fill the Boot for Local MDA Families
#FilltheBoot | #60YearsStrong
ANNA, Texas, July 22, 2015 — Members of Anna Fire Department, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Anna area. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe.
Members of the Anna Fire Department will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive over the next few weeks.
“For more than six decades fire fighters have stood on the front lines for MDA, striving to make a difference in the lives of those affected by muscle disease,” said Jenny Allison. “Fire fighters in the Anna area dedicate countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives. We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life, and we're excited to make this year’s Anna Fill the Boot campaign the most successful yet.”
Funds raised through 2015 Anna 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 six local MDA Clinics in the DFW area. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas and nearly 80 other locations nationwide.
About MDA The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.