The annual Fill the Boot campaign is back for another three-day cash collection period with all of the money donated to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“The firefighters are ready to collect funds for this very worthy cause,” Fire Chief Ronnie Tucker said. “As usual, we expect to find that Prosper residents will be very generous. Perhaps one day, with the help of these donations, a cure will be found and we won’t be out there, but right now, the need for research funding is still there.”
Fill the Boot days begin on Wednesday, May 24, and continues on Thursday, May 25, and Friday, May 26. During the daylight hours on those days, firefighters will be at various intersections around town, seeking donations. Motorists will only be approached when they are completely stopped.
Funds collected helps members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4193 provide funds for medical treatment and support services to more than 100 individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in the Prosper area.
Fill the Boot funds also are used to support some of the 300 worldwide research projects seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and ALS.
“We know that the money we raise makes a difference in the lives of people,” said the Chief. “We’re pleased to volunteer our time and energy to such a worthy cause. Fill the Boot is also a great reminder to residents that we are always around, ready to assist in any way possible.”
Contributions also help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including MDA Care Centers at Children’s Health, UT Southwestern and Texas Neurology in Dallas. They also help send 100 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas.