Professional Fire Fighters Support Kids & Families with Muscular Dystrophy

Did you know that the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is the largest national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)? In 2017 alone, 100,000+ professional firefighters from 1,567 IAFF Locals participated in raising $24 million dollars!


Every day, kids and adults are diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related life-threatening diseases that take away their ability to walk, run, hug, dress themselves, talk, and even breathe. There are currently few treatments and no cures.


For more than 60 years, MDA & IAFF have been working together to free individuals – and the families that love them – from the harm of muscle debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. 


Your Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters are part of this successful partnership.  Each year, 60 kids with neuromuscular diseases in the Maryland & DC/VA area attend the Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp at Camp Fairlee in Chestertown, MD. The kids look forward to MDA camp year-round, and they almost all agree that “it’s the best week of the year.”  The summer camp experience is provided by MDA for kids ages 6-17 at no cost to their families.

MDA Summer Camp opens up a world of possibilities to kids with neuromuscular diseases who often experience limitations in life and daily activities. Kids living with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility often face many unique challenges. Neuromuscular diseases progressively weaken muscles, often taking away everyday abilities like running, walking, hugging and even breathing.


To learn more about the “Fill the Boot” partnership, please visit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Marina Hardy