Monroe County Airport Professional Fire Fighters Association, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1636 is showing its support for Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and related diseases live longer and grow stronger.
Continuing a more than 60-year tradition, IAFF 1636 firefighters will have a traveling boot donation location in the airport for travelers to make donations through Sept. 3.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Monroe County Airport Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1636 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 Alicia Sinicropi, fundraising coordinator. “The dedication of these firefighters 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 Rochester. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”
Funds raised through Rochester Fill the Boot events in 2018 empower families to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy and related diseases live longer and grow stronger. Contributions fund research and programs such as support groups and care centers, including the MDA Care Center at University of Rochester Medical Center. Proceeds help send local kids to MDA summer camp at Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush at no cost to their families.
In addition to Fill the Boot drives, firefighter contributions from year-round local events, including beer fests, hockey games and cookoffs, help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.
Visit iaff.org or mda.org for information.