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STUART - Members of the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Stuart the International Association of Firefighters Local 2411 had a successful "Fill the Boot" campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during August.
During their street side collection campaign, the firefighters collected more than $10,550 to assist those affected by muscular dystrophy living on the Treasure Coast.
Committed to ending neuromuscular diseases, the group is longtime friends and supporters of the MDA.
"They are our true heroes. They make a difference that has impacted MDA families throughout the years. They are truly inspiring, selfless individuals,'' said Stephanie Glavin, MDA fundraising coordinator.
Each $1 dropped into a firefighter's boot will go to support local MDA services and programs.
Funds are used to send children to the MDA's week-long summer camp in Lake Worth; repair durable medical equipment; conduct research for neuromuscular diseases and provide medical treatment at the MDA clinic at Jupiter Medical Center.
Seventy-seven percent of every $1 raised goes directly to the local services that MDA provides.
This year marks the 58th year the IAFF has teamed with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help MDA families.
The MDA is a privately funded organization that relies on the public for support, and does not receive government funding or support from United Way.
It is because of the generosity and compassion from the local community that allows MDA families to continue to have the hope that one day there will be a cure.
For more information, call (561) 742-3748 or visit www.mda.org.