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Firefighters plan boot drive to help MDA

October 11, 2006

Hagerstown professional firefighters Local 1605 will conduct a Fill-the-Boot drive Oct. 12-14 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Proceeds raised during the campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA's outpatient clinics, summer camp for children and young adults ages 6 to 21, financial assistance with the purchase and repair of wheelchairs and leg braces, as well as the purchase of communication devices.

Members of IAFF Hagerstown Local 1605 will be at various businesses throughout each day asking shoppers to drop donations into firefighter boots.

Fill-the-Boot campaigns are among the primary ways in which firefighters across the country have raised nearly $250 million nationwide for MDA's fight against neuromuscular diseases since 1954.

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IAFF Hagerstown Local 1605 is supporting MDA through the Fill-the-Boot program. In 2005, professional fire fighters in the state of Maryland raised more than $200,000. In addition, many members spend a week each year assisting at MDA summer camp.

For more information about Fill-the-Boot or about MDA's programs, contact Cathy Majka at the MDA office in Towson, Md., at 410-494-7106.

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