Strength in Numbers

Measuring progress in the fight against neuromuscular disease

Fill the Boot

In their jobs, fire fighters save lives every day. But they also personify strength and courage off the clock.

Consider the Fill the Boot (FTB) campaign, the long-standing fundraising partnership between MDA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Each year, members line street corners to collect money — in their boots — from neighbors and passersby.

Just as past donations have translated into life-changing research and support for MDA families, so too are today’s FTB collections fueling future progress in the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.

Strength in Numbers Infographic

For more on Fill the Boot and MDA’s relationship with IAFF, visit the IAFF-MDA sponsor page and read Giving Muscle Disease the Boot. To get involved in future FTB events, contact your local MDA office.

Editor's note: To see the impact fire fighters are having on the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases, click on the infographic to the right to enlarge.

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