The Idaho Falls Fire Department wants your help to ‘fill the boot’ for muscular dystrophy research

IDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls firefighters continue their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign on Saturday.

They will be at the intersection of Hitt Road and 17th Street to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which raises funds for those battling muscle disease.

This year’s campaign kicked off on Friday. The Idaho Falls Community Hospital donated $5,000 to the cause.

Firefighters raised a record $49,574.22 in 2021 and they hope to top that amount this year.

The partnership between MDA and the Idaho Association of Firefighters began in 1954 when the IAFF signed a proclamation designating MDA as its charity of choice. The Idaho Falls Chapter is committed to raising awareness and funds until cures are found.

To date, the fundraising activities of 300,000 firefighters nationwide have raised more than $679 million. These funds have led in part to 14 new FDA-approved treatments for neuromuscular diseases in the past six years alone and supported newborn screening in many states across the country for spinal muscular atrophy and Pompe disease.

“We are eternally grateful to the IAFF for maintaining their strong commitment to the Fill the Boot program – even during the pandemic! said Donald S. Wood, Ph.D., President and CEO of MDA. “Without a doubt, much of the progress made in the field of research, care and advocacy for neuromuscular diseases has been possible thanks to the decades of support and tireless efforts of the AIP.”

The Fill the boot campaign will run until 5 p.m. You can also support the program by donating online.

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