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Chesapeake Fill the Boot
August 11 - August 13
CHESAPEAKE, VA June 20, 2017 — The Chesapeake Local 2499 Fire Department is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.
Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, 300 dedicated fire fighters from Chesapeake Local 2499 Fire Department will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on August 11 through 13 and August 18 through 20. During various times, the firefighters will be collecting at Bainbridge Boulevard and Freeman Avenue, Liberty Street and 22nd Street, Military Highway and Campostella Road, Dominion Boulevard and Great Bridge Boulevard, Military Highway and Greenbrier Parkway, Greenbrier Parkway and Eden Way, Volvo Parkway and Battlefield Boulevard, Greenbrier Parkway and Volvo Parkway, Cedar Road and Battlefield Boulevard, Cedar Road and Dominion Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant Road/Johnstown Road and Battlefield Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant Road and Centerville Turnpike, George Washington Highway and Gallberry Road, George Washington Highway and Old Mill Road, George Washington Highway and Military Highway, Cavalier Boulevard and Military Highway, Portsmouth Boulevard and Taylor Road, Western Branch Boulevard and Taylor Road, and Hill Crest Parkway and Battlefield Boulevard.
You can also stop in any Chesapeake Firehouse and make a donation if you miss the collection time or if the traffic is flowing. It is important to note that when the traffic is flowing, you cannot stop to donate because this creates a hazard.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Chesapeake Local 2499 Fire Department for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Darcy Warren. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Chesapeake We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”
Funds raised through Chesapeake’s Fill the Boot events in 2017 empower families who inspire everyday Americans to help kids and adults with Muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger, displaying how we all can truly live unlimited no matter what limits we may face.
Contributions also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. They also help send more than 70 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at the 4H Camp in Wakefield, VA – all at no cost to their families.
In addition to Fill the Boot drives, Chesapeake fire fighter contributions from a charity softball game against VA Beach Fire Department before the Norfolk Tide’s game on Aug. 5 will help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.
MDA and IAFF Partnership
As MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF fuels MDA’s mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and provide families with services and support.
IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization’s unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2016, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $24.2 million. To date the IAFF has raised more than $607 million for MDA.
About the IAFF
The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. More than 3,200 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada.
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.
Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.
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