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Fill the Boot Aug. 24 for MDA

Firefighters will be out on the streets of Rock Falls asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Every dollar that passing motorists can pitch into the firefighters’ boots helps the Rock Falls firefighters provide medical treatment and support services to individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in the Rock Falls area.

Firefighters have been an MDA partner for more than 50 years and remain committed to the fight to end neuromuscular diseases. Fill the Boot is the largest fundraising program for MDA of Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois. 

The funds raised are used for health care services, medical equipment, and support groups, and to help send kids to MDA summer camp. Fill the Boot funds also are used to support some of the 250 worldwide research projects seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and ALS.

Fill the Boot has been a firefighter tradition since 1954, and over the years firefighters have raised millions of dollars to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease. 

Note to readers: Brette Dowson is the fundraising coordinator.

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