For more than 60 years the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have stood on the front lines for MDA, working together 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.
IAFF 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. As MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF has raised more than $585.5 million to help kids and adults with muscle-debilitating diseases live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits.
MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters 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.
Fill the Boot donations benefit MDA’s shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.
In 2015, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $25.5 million.
Contribute today to one of those local events.
Aside from Fill the Boots, IAFF contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education, and fire fighters dedicated countless hours every year at MDA Summer Camps across the country.