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The Coppell Fire Department Local 3178 is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.
Continuing a more than 60-year tradition, fire fighters from Coppell Fire Department Local 3178 will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, May 3 - 5.
"The Coppell Fire Department is proud to participate in MDA's Fill the Boot again this year," said Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson. "Last year our community raised $25,000 for the MDA and our goal is to exceed that this year."
Funds raised through Coppell Fill the Boot event in 2017 also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Children's Medical Center, UT Southwestern, Cook Children's and Texas Neurology. They also help send local kids to "the best week of the year" at MDA summer camp at Camp John Marc – all at no cost to their families.
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), who represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation's population, is the MDA's largest national partner. IAFF's support for 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. The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2016, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $21.2 million. To date the IAFF has raised $629 million for MDA.
For more information, visit mda.org.