Fill the Boot campaign for MDA to begin in Troy

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s that time of year again – time to fill the boot! It’s an annual fundraiser for the muscular dystrophy foundation that supports those affected by various muscle debilitating diseases.

It’s the 62nd year that the Muscular Dystrophy Association has partnered with firefighters in Troy to raise money for research and patient support.

On Saturday, you have the opportunity to be a part of helping people achieve a better quality of life through the Fill the Boot fundraiser.

Troy Mayor, Patrick Madden, promoted the annual fundraising campaign on Wednesday. He used a real firefighter’s boot to collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

More than 20 firefighters will fan out across the city with the fire boots in hand to greet drivers, asking them to make a donation.

Funds raised will help with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s efforts to fund ground breaking research and life enhancing programs like support groups and care centers.

Your donation will also help send more than 30 local kids to the “Best Week of the Year” at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families.

The MDA’s mission is finding better treatments and cure for muscle debilitating diseases like muscular dystrophy and ALS, but that’s only a small fraction of who you’ll be helping.

“We have a very broad umbrella of diseases that we cover, over 43,” said Executive Director of MDA, Laura Searle. “Some of our most common diseases that we serve are ALS and Deuschene muscular dystrophy; and we just had a really big break through, I don’t know if you’ve seen it in the news, the FDA drug approval that will help to treat boys with Deuschene muscular dystrophy; so we are really excited about that.”

That’s the kind of breakthrough that your donation is going towards.

After Saturday, you can still help with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

They have a walk at Siena College on October 8.

To register for that walk or to make a donation, we have put the link to that information in this story here.




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