9/5 UPDATE: $110,000 was raised for MDA, the most in the Chesapeake Fire Department's 14-year collection history.
More than 430 members of the department and Local 2449 raised the money during August 15-17 and August 22-24; the money will benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease in Hampton Roads. *****
CHESAPEAKE -- Fire departments across Hampton Roads will be asking you to help them Fill the Boot.
The campaign in Chesapeake to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association is August 15th-17th and 22nd-24th. Every dollar that drivers pitch into the firefighters’ boots helps Local 2449 firefighters provide medical treatment and support services to individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in the area.
"We know the money we raise definitely makes a difference in the lives of people affected by neuromuscular diseases, and that it helps them get the care they need,” said LOCAL 2449 Fill the Boot Coordinator, Chris Moore. “Fill the Boot is a proud tradition for us, and it’s a great way for fire fighters to be out in the community reminding residents that we are here, always ready to help.”
The International Association of Fire Fighters has been a national MDA partner for more than 60 years and remains committed to the fight to end neuromuscular diseases.
Fill the Boot funds also are used to support some of the 300 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.