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Fighting Disease by ­Filling the Boot

Deposit cash and checks August 9-12

Since 1954, Fill the Boot has been a strong fire fighter tradition, giving families with muscular dystrophy hope for the future and support for today.

To kick debilitating diseases like muscular dystrophy to the curb, firefighters are giving it the boot: the fireman’s boot. 

The Annapolis Professional Fire Fighters, Local 1926, is supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greater Maryland with firefighters taking up positions at busy intersections throughout Annapolis waving their boots for donations. In the 60th year of the tradition, 120 dedicated firefighters ask pedestrians, motorists, business customers and passersby to make a donation to the MDA, to help kids and adults living with neuromuscular disease, including ALS. 

They’re out collecting August 9 thru 12. 

Gov. Larry Hogan showed his support by lighting up the Governor’s Mansion in green on Wednesday for National Light it Up for MDA day. 

Additionally, downtown watering hole Armadillo’s hosts a happy hour in support of the campaign Friday, August 10 from 3 to 7pm, offering a free buffet, drink specials and more.  

Local 1926 has also partnered with Papa John’s Pizza; the pizzeria is donating 10 percent of sales to Fill the Boot in August and September. Use code MDAFD40 when placing an order. 

“The dedication of the fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and supporting MDA Summer Camp,” said MDA executive director Stacy Alford. 

Contributions help fund research and programs such as state- of-the-art Care Centers, including the MDA and ALS Care Centers at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. They also help send more than 120 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp Fairlee at no cost to their families. 

The International Association of Fire Fighters is MDA’s largest national partner since 1954, when the organization committed to support MDA until a cure is found. In 2017, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated across the country, raising $24 million.