Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ for muscular dystrophy patients


Members of the IAFF Local 4416 help fill the boot at the Noblesville Wal-Mart. (Photo provided)

Noblesville members of Hamilton County Professional Firefighters Local 4416 will be out in full force on Friday and Aug. 31 as they hit locations in Hamilton County for their annual Fill the Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy Association, Indianapolis Region. The community will have the opportunity to make a donation to help fund research and services that help local children and adults battling neuromuscular diseases.

NFD Division Chief Rick Russell said Hamilton County Firefighters have raised more than $118,000 in the past decade to help provide services to local families fighting Neuromuscular Disease in Hamilton County. Summer camp is just one of the many services MDA offers to local families battling muscle disease. The donations collected by the firefighters will also help fund local clinics and support groups, as well as fund vital research aimed at treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.

MDA is the largest private funder of muscle and nerve disease research. It dedicates more than 78 percent of every dollar it spends directly to services, research, and education. The association covers more than 40 diseases, including spinal muscular atrophy, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).