Dozens of firefighters from Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 (www.iaff1775.org), raised $50,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during an annual “Fill the Boot” event at four intersections in Marin County April 25 and 28, 2013. Off-duty firefighters asked passing motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to drop donations into a firefighter’s boot to support MDA’s Bay Area children and families. After counting the loose change and bills donated by commuters, Marin Professional Firefighters was thrilled to reach their goal of $50,000 in 2013, setting an all-time record for "Fill the Boot" fundraising in Marin. San Anselmo's "Hub" intersection topped the list, with $16,112.54 donated by motorists. Other totals include: San Rafael, $12,267.83; Mill Valley, $7,751.14; Sausalito, $4616.51; Novato: $4,319.49; Tiburon, $3447.37. The firefighters themselves donated an additional $1500.
Marin Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 1775 is a labor union that represents more than 400 professional firefighters in Marin County, and each year takes part in the effort to raise funds to support the vital health care services MDA provides to Bay Area families affected by muscle disease. Marin firefighters raised $44,500 for MDA in 2012.
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF, www.iaff.org) represents 300,000 professional firefighters in the US and Canada, and is one of MDA’s longest running partners in the fight against muscle disease. “Fill the Boot” fundraising drives are the primary means by which the IAFF has raised almost $300 million for MDA since 1954.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association helps children and adults who are affected by over 43 different types of neuromuscular diseases. Fill the Boot funds support MDA’s services locally and nationally, including over 200 hospital-affiliated medical clinics staffed with specialists in neuromuscular disease and special summer camps for kids. Funds raised in Marin are used to directly assist families dealing with neuromuscular diseases in the Bay Area.
Local clinics and camps benefiting from Fill the Boot funds include clinics at UCSF, California Pacific Medical Center, and Stanford Hospitals. A weeklong summer camp for children with muscle disease is held each summer in the Sonoma Coastal Redwoods at Camp Westminster Woods.
MDA also funds innovative worldwide research and assists clients with the purchase durable equipment such as wheelchairs, leg braces, and other medical equipment. For more about MDA, visit www.mda.org.