BATAVIA — The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) will continue what it been doing in the community since 1954 — collecting for the Fill the Boot program for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
The Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 896 will kick off the annual program, raising funds to support MDA’s vision to accelerate research, advance care and advocate for the support of MDA families.
From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 2, Local 896 will be at Main and Court streets and Ellicott and Court streets in the city.
The partnership between MDA and IAFF began in 1954 when the IAFF signed a proclamation designating MDA its charity of choice and vowing to continue raising awareness and funds until cures are found. To date, the nearly seven-decade partnership has raised more than $679 million with involvement from over 300,000 fire fighters nationwide. These funds have led, in part, to over a dozen FDA-approved drugs in as many years for those with neuromuscular disease. Those treatments were created from MDA’s vision to open a new field of medicine and push the boundaries of the medical frontier we call genetic medicine.
“What the IAFF has done for MDA over the past 68 years is unprecedented,” said Donald S. Wood, Ph.D., President and CEO of MDA. “With the support from our partners at the IAFF, MDA is doing the impossible in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for people living with neuromuscular disease. We have a mission to empower the people we serve to life longer, more independent lives and we will fulfill this mission together, with the IAFF.”