Posted On: Sep 22, 2011

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Brattleboro Uniformed Firefighters Association raised over $3,300 last year for MDA through a Fill the Boot Campaign throughout the City of Brattleboro.  On Sunday, October 9th, Brattleboro IAFF is going out for their 2nd year to try and raise $4,000 which will help to provide services to local families living with a neuromuscular disease.  This is a simple street-side collection campaign that raises a significant amount of funds for local families MDA serves living with a neuromuscular disease.
Brattleboro firefighters not only support MDA’s Fill the Boot Campaign but many of the members also supported our Brattleboro Lock-Up in 2010 by giving their off duty time to be “arresting officers” for the day; without their help, MDA would not have been able raise over $28,000 from this event.
“Without the overwhelming support that the Brattleboro Fire Department has for this organization, MDA would simply be unable to continue to provide services to local families affected by a neuromuscular disease,” says Executive Director, Piper Allport.
“We chose to support MDA because we support the families in our local area living with a neuromuscular disease,” said Alan Olney, Firefighter for Brattleboro Local #4439.
MDA is a non-profit health organization providing services to people who are diagnosed with one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases.  In addition to funding ground breaking research, MDA maintains some 230 clinics nationwide, including one at Fletcher Allen Health Care.  The money that the Brattleboro Fire Department raises during a single boot drive will help families in the local community affected by this disease.
 77% of every dollar raised helps to provide services in your community and provides vital services to individuals affected by muscular dystrophy.  Another one of MDA’s services is to provide children with neuromuscular diseases between the ages of 6 and 17 the opportunity to attend summer camp in Lake Luzerne, NY.
Brattleboro Fire Fighters are a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), a longtime friend and the single-largest sponsor of the MDA, contributing more than $400 million since 1954.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
For more information about MDA or to get involved, please contact Piper Allport at 802-862-6424.

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