Firefighters aim to ‘Fill the Boot’ to help people with muscular dystrophy

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Firefighters aim to 'Fill the Boot' to help people with muscular dystrophy
Photos courtesy of the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District.

Local firefighters will hit the streets of Hercules on May 9 to raise funds to help people living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases, including ALS.

You’ll see them in the area of Sycamore Avenue and San Pablo Avenue, near the Shell gas station, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rodeo-Hercules Firefighters and Contra Costa Firefighters IAFF Local 1230 will take part.

The “Fill the Boot” campaign is an annual fundraiser that helps send children to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp in McCall. It also benefits MDA treatment and research programs, according to the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District.

IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization’s unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day, the fire district said.

The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and firefighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2013, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million.

To date, the IAFF has raised $558 million for MDA, the fire district said.