Members of the Emmetsburg Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will host a special event to kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign and continue a 60-year tradition of helping save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease in the Emmetsburg area. “For more than six decades fire fighters have stood on the front lines for MDA, striving to make a difference in the lives of those affected by muscle disease,” said Erin Steffen, MDA of Iowa Executive Director. “Fire fighters do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group. We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life.” Members of the Emmetsburg Fire Department will fan out with boots in hand for this year’s drive on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Hwy 4 and Hwy 18. Funds raised through the 2015 Emmetsburg Fill the Boot event builds on decades of research progress, helping push science to its limits in the search for treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related life-threatening diseases that take away people’s ability to walk, move, smile, talk and even breathe. Dollars raised also help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and UnityPoint Health in Des Moines. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp Courageous in Monticello and nearly 80 other locations nationwide. About MDA The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.
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