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Firefighters Raise Over $20,000 for Muscular Dystrophy

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Fargo, ND „Ÿ On September 10-12, fire fighters took to the streets of Fargo and Moorhead at each Hornbachers to "Fill the Boot" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Our local firefighters raised more than $20,000 to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease and send local kids to camp next summer.

 "We deeply appreciate the work fire fighters in both Fargo and Moorhead do for MDA," said Executive Director Sue Wiger. "It does make a difference to all the people and families here who are living with muscle disease. They see these American heroes going out to support them, and it tells them they have strong partners standing by their side." 

Both Fargo and Moorhead fire fighters came together to Fill the Boot at 6 different Hornbachers locations throughout Fargo and Moorhead for a three day span.  Fire fighters put their lives on the line every day battling blazes or rushing through traffic to help someone who has been badly injured. They have a sense of compassion for and service to the community that is demonstrated through their commitment to MDA.

IAFF became the first national sponsor for MDA in 1954, and since that time, fire fighters have raised over $500 million to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease. Fire fighters have raised money for MDA through their participation in the annual Fill the Boot campaign, as well as by sponsoring golf and softball tournaments. Many also contribute some of their vacation time each year to volunteer at MDA summer camps across the country.

Funds from the Fill the Boot campaign also help send 3,500 kids to MDA summer camp for a free week of lighthearted fun with other kids who are just like them. Many fire fighters become friends of the kids and their families, volunteering a week of their vacation time each year to go to camp and support their young friends.


The Grand Forks Fire Fighters will carry on the "Fill the Boot" tradition on Thursday, September 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hugo's located at 1750 32nd Avenue in Grand Forks.  This event benefits research and local services for the North Dakota Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

All money raised is donated to the greater North Dakota chapter of the MDA. Thanks to the support and generosity of the citizens of Grand Forks, contributions send area children to MDA summer camp and help support 350 local families affected my neuromuscular diseases.

Fargo and Moorhead firefighters have been filling the boot since Tuesday, information on those locations and times can be found below.


Keep an eye out for local firefighters at the Hornbacher's grocery stores around the Fargo-Moorhead area this week. It is their annual "Fill the Boot" event to raise money and awareness for muscular dystrophy.

Both the Fargo and Moorhead fire departments will be at all six of the Hornbacher's locations for Fill the Boot September 10-12. From 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., their goal is to raise $30,000 dollars each day.

Every dollar that members of the community can pitch into the firefighters' boots goes to the greater North Dakota chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which covers North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Contributions send area children to MDA summer camp and help support 350 local families affected by neuromuscular diseases. Thirty-five kids from North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and South Dakota attended MDA's summer camp in June of 2013.

With the Fill the Boot event taking place during the anniversary of 9/11 the firefighters are commemorating their efforts to raise funds for MDA to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during that attack.

Since the event began in 1954, firefighters across the U.S. have raised half a billion dollars to help support MDAcamps, services, and research.

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