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Posted on: May 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Benbrook Fire Fighters 'Fill the Boot' to Fight Muscle-Debilitating Diseases

Members of the Benbrook Fire Department are set to kick off the fire fighter’s annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) find urgently needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility.

Fire fighters from the Benbrook Fire Department will have a presence at the Wal-Mart with boots in hand for this year’s drive on May 20th, 21st and 22nd.

“For more than sixty years, fire fighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Amanda Newton. “Each year, fire fighters dedicate countless hours of their time participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. We're grateful for their steadfast drive and uncommon caring toward the kids and adults we serve and look forward to working together once again to make this Fill the Boot season a huge success.”

MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters in hometowns across America hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.

Funds raised through 2016 Benbrook Fill the Boot events empower families with life-enhancing resources and support that open new possibilities and maximize independence so they can experience the world without any limits.

In addition to Fill the Boot drives, fire fighter contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.

Contributions also 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 Cook Children’s in Fort Worth and Texas Neurology at Mansfield Medical. They also help send more than 100 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas.

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. We use our collective strength to help kids 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 you can fund cures, find care, and champion the cause at

Contact: Amanda Newton
Fundraising Coordinator

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