Round Lake Firefighters Local #4235 will hit the streets to Fill their Boots on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Firefighters will be asking for donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersection of 134th and Cedar Lake. Last year, Round Lake Firefighters raised more than $1,813 during their “Fill the Boot” efforts. Firefighters nation-wide raised more than $24 million, in 2011, for MDA research, equipment, programs, camps and more. Dave White, the Fill the Boot coordinator for Local #4235, would like supporters to know that your donations go a long way in the fight against neuromuscular disease.
”Be proud of the fact that together we’re providing help and hope to kids and adults served by MDA in our community,” White said. Local #4235’s goal this year is to surpass the $3,000 mark. “Firefighters throughout the U.S. have been one of the biggest supporters of the MDA for decades,” said April Dhamalongkrot, a fundraising coordinator for MDA Chicago. “The funds raised from this boot drive will stay local, and will help ensure that local families continue to receive the services they need.”
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. In addition to funding more than 330 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics; orchestrates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases and facilitates extraordinary local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle diseases.