During the 2018 MDA Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the South Walton Professional Firefighters Local No. 3516 took to Publix to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger. They raised $1,569 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“The fire fighters of the South Walton Professional Firefighters Local No. 3516 have shown their immense dedication and love for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said Crystal Ralys, senior fundraising coordinator for MDA. “This year’s Fill the Boot was a success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in the South Walton community who have helped individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases truly live unlimited.”

Fire fighters have taken part in MDA’s Fill the Boot tradition for more than 60 years, hitting the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, joining the fight to find treatments and cures for devastating diseases that take away everyday abilities like walking, talking, hugging and even breathing.

Funds raised help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at UF Health in Gainesville and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. They also help send local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families at Camp Umatilla.