NY firefighters raise $8K for Muscular Dystrophy Association's Fill the Boot campaign

Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers


Niagara Gazette, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — During the 2019 Muscular Dystrophy Association's Fill the Boot campaign, members of the Lockport Firefighters, IAFF Local 963 took to the streets raising $8,331 and continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community.

“The firefighters of Lockport, IAFF Local 963 have once again gone above and beyond for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said Development Specialist Heather Powers. “We are so grateful for their dedication and for the generosity of those in the Lockport 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.

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. (Photo/ Lockport Firefighters)
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. (Photo/ Lockport Firefighters)
 

Yesterday's Fill-the-Boot drive was a huge success! Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the residents of Lockport...

Posted by Lockport Firefighters on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Funds raised through Lockport Firefighters 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 at University of Rochester Medical Center and Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo. They also help send more than 70 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, N.Y. – 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.

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©2019 the Niagara Gazette (Niagara Falls, N.Y.)

 

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