When a fire fighter holds out that boot in Houston, standing in 105-degree heat, or in Cleveland,
raising funds in near-zero [degree] temperatures, they know that their personal commitment will
benefit those with muscle disease. This level of trust made our relationship with MDA work back 
in 1954 — and until there is a cure, we plan to continue the partnership."

IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger


When fire fighters Fill the Boot, they transform the lives of people affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures.

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How it Works

Fire fighters, find your IAFF local and create a Fill the Boot online fundraising page.

Ask friends and family to donate in person, but to also visit the website and support you!

Your support gives families affected by muscular dystrophy hope for the future and support in the present.

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