The South Walton Professional Firefighters Local #3516 are showing 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, dedicated fire fighters from The South Walton Professional Firefighters Local #3516 will hit the Publix, 2038 U.S. 98, with boots in hand asking customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on Friday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be working with The South Walton Professional Firefighters Local #3516 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 Crystal Ralys, Senior Fundraising Coordinator. “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 Walton County. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Funds raised through The South Walton Professional Firefighters Local #3516 Fill the Boot events in 2018 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 Shands in Gainesville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. They also help send more than 40 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp Umatilla – all at no cost to their families.

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 2017, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $24 million. To date the IAFF has raised $630 million for MDA.