Coon Rapids firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ for local MDA families

Members of the Coon Rapids Fire Department, Local 1935, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the firefighters’ annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Coon Rapids area.

Coon Rapids firefighter Pat Metz poses with a camper at Camp True Friends in Maple Lake, Minnesota, last summer.

Coon Rapids firefighter Pat Metz poses with a camper at Camp True Friends in Maple Lake, Minnesota, last summer.Photo submitted

Members of the fire department will fan out at the intersection of Northdale Boulevard and Main Street with boots in hand to collect donations during this year’s drive on June, 23, 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 3:30-7:30 p.m. each day.

“Throughout 2014, MDA and firefighters across Minnesota are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership, joined together in the fight against life-threatening muscle disease, said MDA Fundraising Coordinator Jessy Stanton. “Firefighters in the Coon Rapids area do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group, dedicating countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp,” she said.

Funds raised through 2014 Coon Rapids Fill the Boot event will help support MDA’s programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support – which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a week-long, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp True Friends in Maple Lake, Minnesota.

In 2013, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million. To date the International Association of Firefighters has raised $530 million for MDA.

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