Members of the Tama and Toledo Fire Departments raised $895 during their annual Fill the Boot drive on August 9th to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Tama and Toledo area.
"For six decades, fire fighters have fueled MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases, and this year's Tama and Toledo Fill the Boot results are a perfect example of the true dedication firefighters have shown toward supporting the families we serve," said Executive Director, Erin Steffen. "We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who provide life-saving help that will fund research, advocate for children and adults affected by muscle disease, and rally our community to fight back."
Funds raised through 2014 Tama and Toledo Fill the Boot drive will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support which includes sending over 75 children affected by muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Courageous in Monticello, IA.
As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, firefighters fuel MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases.
Fire fighter support for MDA began in 1954 and has remained strong to this day.
The Tama and Toledo Fire departments would also like to extend appreciation to the community for support of their efforts in filling the boot and for their overwhelming generosity.