The Burbank Firefighters Local 778 will soon kick-off their annual “Fill-the-Boot” fund-raising campaign which benefits children and adults with muscle-wasting diseases served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). On April 29th, April 30th and May 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Burbank firefighters will be stationed at three locations. Please help the firefighters raise money for MDA by filling the boot at the Empire Center, on San Fernando Rd. in front of IKEA and the entrance of Pavilions on Alameda.
The MDA is committed to the eradication of neuromuscular diseases and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) is their longtime friend and their largest national sponsor. Fill-the-Boot drives are the primary means by which the IAFF has raised $450 million for MDA since 1954.
“Time and again, these lifesaving heroes give so much of themselves for ‘my kids’,” MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis said. “They’ve made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many, and as they begin their 2011 campaign, I hope people will see their tireless dedication and be moved and inspired to do their part.” Fill-the-Boot funds support MDA’s services locally and nationally, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in muscle disease and summer camps for kids. These funds also help finance MDA’s worldwide research program seeking treatments for diseases such as Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Up-to-date information about MDA services and research can be found at www.mda.org.