Signal Hill fire station asks residents to give back at annual MDA Fill the Boot fundraiser Thursday, April 24

Teams of local firefighters will fan out in Signal Hill and across Los Angeles County with boots in hand as they kick off their annual Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for children and adults with muscle-wasting diseases.
This is the sixth year that the firefighters will hit the streets to bring help and hope to “Jerry’s kids.”
“Time and again, these lifesaving heroes give so much of themselves for ‘my kids,’” said national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Jerry Lewis.
“They’ve made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many, and as they begin their campaign, I hope people will see their tireless dedication and be moved and inspired to do their part.”
Committed to the eradication of neuromuscular diseases, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is a longtime friend and supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Fill-the-Boot drives are the primary means by which the IAFF has raised nearly $300 million for MDA since 1954.
This year, more than 2,000 firefighters are expected to take part in the drive. They will be scattered around Signal Hill from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24 to Saturday April 26.
Fill-the-Boot drives support MDA’s services locally and nationally, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in muscle disease and accessible summer camp for kids.
Proceeds also help finance MDA’s worldwide research program, seeking treatments for diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and amytrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
For more information about Fill-the-Boot, call Dave Gillotte at (310) 639-1014.

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