Loudoun County firefighters begin filling their boots with your contributions for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) today and through Sunday. Firefighters across the nation take their positions at intersections each year to collect money to benefit the MDA and “Jerry’s Kids.”
The Fill-the-Boot drive resulted from a partnership between MDA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). More than 55 years ago, the IAFF pledged to assist MDA until a cure was found. Research and assistance for individuals suffering from neuromuscular disease can be an incredible financial burden for a family.
An example of costs:$30
One minute of research
One support group session
One physical, occupational or respiratory therapy consultation
Professional fees related to initial diagnostic work-up at an MDA clinic
Assists one person for one year with repairs to durable medical equipment
Sends one child to MDA summer camp
Loudoun County firefighters have, raised more than $761,000 during their 13 years participating, often landing among the state’s top five fundraisers. The goal this year is to raise $115,000 after collecting $122,000 a year ago.
“We are fully committed to this great cause and the generosity of Loudoun County citizens truly makes this week a success each and every year,” said Fire Chief W. Keith Brower Jr. “Your donations are the true meaning of neighbors helping neighbors.”
All money raised by Loudoun County assists local families affected by one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases. The donations provide families with a network of specialized clinics, financial aid for assistive equipment, support groups, informative publications and accessible summer camps for kids.
The Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management and the Local Union are working alongside the Virginia State Police to ensure traffic interruptions and delays are kept to a minimum.