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Coppell Fire Department Supports MDA with Fill the Boot Drive

The Coppell Fire Department is once again showing its support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members participate in the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign from May 2-4. Donations will help children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

For more than 60 years, fire fighters have hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA.

"The Coppell Fire Department is proud to participate in MDA's Fill the Boot campaign again this year," said Coppell Fire Chief Kevin Richardson. "Our community raised $25,000 for MDA last year, and our goal is to exceed that in 2018."

Funds raised through Coppell Fill the Boot event in 2018 will help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Children's Medical Center, UT Southwesterm, Cook's Children's and Texas Neurology. Donations also help send local children to the "best week of the year" at MDA summer camp at Camp John Marc – all at no cost to their families.​

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation's population, is the MDA's largest national partner. IAFF's support for MDA began in 1954, when the organization committed to support MDA until a cure is found. The organization's unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. In 2017, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $24 million. To date, the IAFF has raised $630 million for MDA.​

For more information about the Fill the Boot campaign, call the Coppell's Fire Department at 972-304-3512 or visit mda.org