Coppell Firefighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will partner in the fight against neuromuscular diseases during the annual Fill the Boot campaign June 27-28th. Coppell firefighters will be on the streets filling the boot for MDA at various intersections throughout the city. All fire companies will be in service and available for calls as necessary.
Firefighters across the country are the top contributors to MDA; having raised more than $475 million since becoming a supporter in 1954. In 2011, Texas firefighters led the country- collecting more than $3.5 million for MDA; with Coppell contributing $18,000 over just 2 days- thanks to the generous support of Coppell citizens.
Funds raised by the Coppell Fire Department and dozens of other departments in the metroplex benefit nearly 3,000 families who are affected by a neuromuscular disease. More than 77 cents of every dollar raised by MDA supporters goes directly to direct services and research. MDA has invested more than $12.4 million in research funding in Texas over the last 5 years. During the same time period, MDA has provided more than $12.1 million in services to individuals living in Texas. Please join us in promoting this 58-year tradition of supporting MDA through Fill the Boot.
MDA clinics serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area include The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas Neurology, Cook Children’s Medical Center Fort Worth and Neurology Associates of Arlington. Other vital services include support group sessions, assistance with the repair of durable medical equipment and the children’s favorite: summer camp!
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 43 neuromuscular diseases through global research, comprehensive client services and health education. In Oklahoma and Texas, MDA offers 4 summer camps, over 20 support groups and clinics, and more than $1 million in research grants to state hospitals and universities, including Southwest Medical Center.