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IAFF Fire Fighters Launch Virtual Fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Association as COVID Threatens Fill the Boot


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, August 4, 2020 – As the COVID pandemic affects communities across the United States, it has also impacted in-person fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). For 66 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has collected critical funds in the community – one dollar at a time – as part of the Fill the Boot program. But this year, due to social distancing, that’s not possible.

This summer, the Albuquerque Fill the Boot will be conducted virtually.

Click here for the link to the donor drive

Donations collected by Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 help meet the urgent need for MDA’s Frontline COVID-19 Emergency Fund to continue services for people living in our community with neuromuscular diseases across the country.


“For six decades, IAFF members have been at intersections across America with their fire boots to collect donations for MDA,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “But the COVID pandemic and social distancing make that an impossibility. Virtual Fill the Boot will let our members continue to collect to help MDA meet their vital mission of finding treatment and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases.”

"IAFF members display an unwavering support for MDA year after year, raising critical funds and awareness to help our families get the care they need," says MDA CEO and President Lynn O'Connor Vos. "We are so thankful to IAFF and the Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 for continuing their commitment to cure neuromuscular disease and for the flexibility to go virtual through this pandemic to protect everyone on the frontlines in our communities.”

“The Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244, which consist of members from the Albuquerque Fire Rescue and Bernalillo County Fire Department, will be doing their part to help Fill the Boot.” Says IAFF Local 244 President Justin Cheney. “On our social media platforms, we will be sharing a link to our promotional video and donation page. We hope that others will consider sharing the link as well and will help spread the word. We appreciate the many years of dedication and donations from the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, and we thank you.”

The Albuquerque Virtual Fill the Boot will be from August 4th to September 7th.

Donate at https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=3735

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