This past week, Midway Fire Rescue assisted the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in raising money for their foundation as many fire departments across the United States do on a certain week of the year.
All three shifts were out at Sonic in Pawleys Island along with Bi-Lo and Pawleys Island Outdoors. In total, the shifts brought in $1,046.06 from the community. We can't say thank you enough to the businesses and community members for participating in this campaign.
MDA's legacy of progress has always started with families at the heart of all we do. For more than 65 years, we have been committed to saving and improving the lives of kids and adults living with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases. We are proud of our rich history and grateful to the dedicated families and supporters who have made today's progress possible. The victories of our past will lead to tomorrow's treatments and cures.
In the early 1950s, several important sponsors became long-standing allies of MDA, including the Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
The NALC quickly established a nationwide door-to-door campaign for MDA and continues to support MDA as a national sponsor today.
In the same time frame, a group of families affected by muscular dystrophy approached Local 718 fire station in Boston to ask professional fire fighters to help fight muscular dystrophy. Responding enthusiastically, the fire fighters took to the streets with their boots in hand to ask greater Boston to make donations that would be used to fight muscular dystrophy.
The Fill the Boot campaign was an instant success, with the IAFF membership passing a resolution to support MDA's fight against muscular dystrophy until treatments and cures are found. More than 60 years later, IAFF continues its tradition as the top fundraising organization for MDA today, raising more than $26 million each year to help MDA families live longer and grow stronger.