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Fill the Boot

Since 1954, fire fighters across the country have collected critical funds in the community – one dollar at a time – as part of the Fill the Boot program to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The partnership between MDA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) began when the IAFF signed a proclamation designating MDA as its charity of choice, vowing to continue raising awareness and funds to ensure effective treatments and therapies are found. The dollars raised through Fill the Boot fund MDA’s mission of empowering people living with neuromuscular disease to achieve their potential.

IAFF Fill the Boot Leaderboard

Rank Local/Department Total Raised
1 Local 493 - Phoenix AZ $173,958
2 Local 122 - Jacksonville FL $151,001
3 Local 2 - Chicago IL $148,519
4 Local 157 - Oklahoma City OK $132,083
5 Local 1285 - Las Vegas NV $114,641
6 Local 624 – San Antonio TX $111,996
7 Local 2086 - South Metro CO $108,691
8 Local 140 - Nashville TN $103,505
9 Local 22 - Philadelphia PA $94,077
10 Local 1204 - Bryan TX $71,200

It’s a Lifesaving Tradition

Since 1954, IAFF has supported MDA with unwavering drive and relentless passion.

Because of the support of fire fighters, MDA has been able to fund research directly linked to FDA-approved therapies across multiple neuromuscular diseases. These therapies are life-changing for MDA families, giving them greater access to life’s possibilities as they live longer and stronger. Funding has also helped MDA advance care through our National Care Center Network and provide much-needed community education, advocacy, recreation, support and connection. This would not have been possible without the support of the IAFF and fire fighters across the US.

We’re proud to have the IAFF as our largest national partner and are thankful for the thousands of fire fighters who have participated in Fill the Boot drives across America, as well as those who have volunteered countless hours at MDA Summer Camps.

For as long as it takes, we’ll be filling those boots together.