Firefighters ready to Fill the Boot this weekend

Fundraiser helps fight neuromuscular diseases
By Nicholas Johnson | Aug 09, 2017

The Mukilteo Fire Department, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraiser this week.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) fundraiser aims to save and improve the lives of those fighting muscle disease in the Mukilteo area.

Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases affect the ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe.

Mukilteo firefighters will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 11-12 at the QFC off of the Mukilteo Speedway as well as the ferry holding lanes.

Mukilteo area firefighters in Local 3482 serve the Muscular Dystrophy Association by volunteering every year for Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. In 2015, they collected $3,653. Last year, they collected $5,175.

Funds raised through Mukilteo’s Fill the Boot event support research for the treatment of and cure for muscular dystrophy.

The fundraiser also helps support the association’s programs, such as its support groups and clinics, including at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at YMCA Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor and nearly 80 other camps nationwide.

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases.

In addition to Fill the Boot events, donations from charity baseball games and other local events hosted and sponsored by the IAFF support MDA's efforts to raise awareness about neuromuscular diseases.

In 1954, the IAFF vowed to support the association until a cure is found. Since then, firefighters have raised roughly $600 million.

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