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$22,000 Raised by Coppell Fire Fighters During 2019 Fill the Boot Campaign

During the 2019 MDA Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Coppell Fire Department and Coppell Professional Firefighters Association Local 3178 took to the streets or store fronts and continued a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community.

On Wednesday, May 8th, Thursday May 9th and Friday, May 10th the Coppell Fire Department and Coppell Professional Firefighters Association Local 3178 went out to different intersections each day collecting for MDA.

"The Coppell Fire Department and Coppell Professional Firefighters Association Local 3178 have once again gone above and beyond for MDA's families during this year's Fill the Boot campaign," said Executive Director, Meagan Johnson. "We are so grateful for their dedication and for the generosity of those in the Coppell community who have helped to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Funds raised through Coppell Fill the Boot events help MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center MDA Care Centers at Children's Medical Center of Dallas; Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth; University of Texas, Southwestern, and Texas Neurology, P.A. They also help send more than 100 local kids to "the best week of the year" at MDA summer camp at Camp John Marc– all at no cost to their families. Today the IAFF/MDA partnership is finding new ways to save lives by working to expand newborn screenings in the U.S. with Pompe disease or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), so that they can be immediately eligible for lifesaving and life changing therapies.

MDA and IAFF Partnership:

The partnership between the IAFF and MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization's unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. As MDA's largest national partner, they have raised more than $650 million for the MDA to date. Today the IAFF/MDA partnership is finding new ways to save lives by working to expand newborn screenings in the U.S. with Pompe disease or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), so that they can be immediately eligible for lifesaving and life changing therapies.

About the IAFF:

The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation's population. More than 3,200 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada.

About MDA: 

MDA is committed to transforming the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. We do this through innovations in science and innovations in care. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures. Research we have supported is directly linked to approved, life-changing therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases. We support the largest network of multidisciplinary clinics providing best-in-class care at more than 150 of the nation's top medical institutions, and each year thousands of children and young adults learn vital life skills and gain independence at MDA Summer Camp and through recreational programs. For more information visit mda.org.