The International Association of Fire Fighters launches 250 “Fill the Boot” fundraisers in cities across America over Labor Day weekend for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

The International Association of Fire Fighters launches 250 “Fill the Boot” fundraisers in cities across America over Labor Day weekend for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

NEW YORK, NY – August 8, 2022 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) is launching over 250 Fill the Boot events today to raise vital funds throughout the weekend- end of Labor Day in more than 25 states. Funds raised by more than 330,000 IAFF members and their affiliates across the country support MDA’s mission of scientific and clinical research and care for families living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases .

Online donations, which can be made at, will continue as firefighters take to the streets in communities across the country with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passers-by to support the mission.

These events coincide with the MDA Tribute Tour – St. Louis over Labor Day weekend. The long-running “show of force” airing in primetime on NBC affiliate KSDK-TV from 8-10 p.m. CT will also feature check presentations from IAFF Fill the Boot events in St. Louis. IAFF fire and emergency medical professionals from St. Louis Local 73 and professional firefighters from Eastern Missouri Local 2665 will fill the boot in and around the metro area of St. Louis throughout Labor Day weekend. St. Louis Fire Department Local 73 will also fill the boot before St. Louis Cardinals games Sept. 2-5, 90 minutes before game time at Ballpark Village.

The International Association of Fire Fighters will be in cities across America throughout Labor Day weekend with Fill the Boot fundraisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s mission.

The partnership between MDA and IAFF spans 68 years, beginning in 1954 when the IAFF signed a proclamation designating MDA as its charity of choice and promising to continue raising awareness and funds until remedies are found. To date, firefighters nationwide have raised $679 million over nearly seven decades. Funds raised by the IAFF have led to breakthroughs in research and numerous FDA-approved treatments for neuromuscular diseases, in addition to access to treatment and care from day one, and through newborn screening and other advocacy efforts.

“Labor Day weekend kicks off Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month and is an important time of year for this longstanding tradition with our valued partners at the IAFF. Every time a community member sees a local firefighter and donates whatever amount they can to fill the boot, they bring hope to families diagnosed with neuromuscular disease at any age,” saysDonald S. Wood, Ph.D., President and CEO of MDA. “Today, people are living longer and more independently because of this fundraising effort, and the pipeline of promise – more treatments and life-enhancing cures – is growing and creating ever more hope. for the millions of patients and their families who are at the heart of MDA’s mission and vision.We are eternally grateful to the IAFF for maintaining its strong commitment to the Fill the Boot program.

MDA logo and Fill the trunk.  Since 1954

The campaign will be shared on social media using the hashtag #FillTheBoot. Follow MDA on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn. Follow AIF on Facebook,TwitterInstagram.

About AIF

The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 330,000 professional firefighters and paramedics who protect 85% of the country’s population. More than 3,500 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and Canada.

About the Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the premier voluntary health organization in the United States for people with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular disorders. For more than 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care and advocating for the support of our families. MDA’s mission is to enable the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To learn more, visit

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