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fill-the-boot-Fire-Dept-2014Monday the Honorable Mayor Henry, Fire Chief Lahey and members of the FWFD kicked off the 2014 MDA “Fill the Boot” campaign.

Beginning Thursday, August 21, FWFD crews throughout the city positioned themselves at high traffic intersections and collect monetary donations from cars stopped at traffic lights.

“Every year during the ‘Fill the Boot’ we are humbled by the support the community gives us during this campaign. In 2013, the Fort Wayne Firefighters collected a record breaking $98,045.64 and raised more dollars than any other department in the state,” said Captain Randy Zion, Fort Wayne Fire Department Firefighter and IAFF Local 124 MDA Chairman.

In addition to celebrating MDA and firefighters 60 years of partnership, this year’s collection is more personal for the FWFD. At Monday’s kickoff, Ty Conley and his 11-year old son Landon were present. Landon was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For years Ty has supported FWFD’s efforts by contributing change during their drive. This year, Ty is a Fort Wayne Firefighter having graduated from the Academy in June.

Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of more than 30 genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and degeneration of skeletal muscles used during voluntary movement. These disorders vary in age of onset, severity, and pattern of affected muscles. All forms of MD grow worse as muscles progressively degenerate and weaken.

MDA leads the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. Money raised during the campaign supports local MDA clinics and research and funds services like neuromuscular disease support groups, medical equipment repair and summer camps for children.

Since 1993, the FWFD has collected $1,166,980 during their ‘Fill the Boot’ campaigns.

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