EFR celebrates 60th annual Fill the Boot to fund muscular dystrophy research

June 21, 2014

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 21, 2014

On June 13, Eastside Fire & Rescue, members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 2878 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association celebrated their 60th annual Fill the Boot fundraiser.

Firefighters campaigned at intersections in Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend, seeking donations from passing cars. Together, they raised $13,000 in a four-hour period.

Funds raised will help support the MDA’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services and 13-to-13 support, which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor.

International Association of Fire Fighters support for the MDA began in 1954, raising $100,000. In 2013, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country, raising $26.2 million.

To date, the IAFF has raised more than $530 million for the MDA.

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