Seattle Firefighters were out collecting donations in their boots for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) July 15 and 16. Thanks to the many drivers who slowed to drop cash and coins in the boot, the total amount raised was $102,731.
More than 400 firefighters stood along 25 intersections throughout Seattle, including 15th Avenue Northwest and Market Street in Ballard, collecting donations from charitable motorists and pedestrians.
This is the Seattle Fire Department's 13th year participating in Fill the Boot, a 56-year partnership between MDA and local fire departments. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA Summer Camp, support groups and local clinics.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and related diseases by funding worldwide research.
The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. The majority of contributions to MDA come from individual donors. MDA maintains clinics for area adults and children affected by neuromuscular diseases at the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise.[[In-content Ad]]