Fredonia firefighters raise over $4,000 during Fill the Boot campaign

Submitted photo Fredonia firefighters began collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at 9 a.m. on Aug. 31 at the intersection of Temple and Church streets.

During the 2018 Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Fredonia Professional Firefighter International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2931 took to the streets to help children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger. Last week’s boot drive in Fredonia raised $4,024.18 to benefit the MDA.

On Aug. 31, firefighters from Local 2931 took to the intersection of Temple and Church Streets to collect donations from drivers and passersby. “The firefighters of Fredonia Professional Firefighter IAFF Local 2931 have once again shown their immense dedication and care for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said Development Specialist Heather Powers. “This year’s Fill the Boot was a success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in the Fredonia community who have helped individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases truly live unlimited.”

Firefighters 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 Centers at University at Buffalo Medical & Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo. They also help send more than 80 local children to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families at Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, New York.

As MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF fuels MDA’s mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for children and adults from day one; and provide families with services and support. IAFF’s 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. In 2017, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised more than $24 million. To date, the IAFF has raised more than $630 million for MDA.

The IAFF represents more than 300,000 professional firefighters 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. The MDA is committed to using their collective strength to help children 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 to fund cures, find care and champion the cause at