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Long firefighters help fill the boot
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During the 2019 MDA Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Long County Fire Department took to the streets and continued a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community.

The department raised $2,434 during the campaign. 

“The fire fighters of Long County Fire Department have once again gone above and beyond for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said Bridgett Monroe, executive director. “We are so grateful for their dedication and for the generosity of those in the Long County community who have helped to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.”    

Funds raised through Long County Fire Department’s Fill the Boot event help MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Emory University and Scottish Rite Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta. 

They also help send more than 100 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Ga. – all at no cost to their families. 

Today the Fire fighters and MDA partnership is finding new ways to save lives by working to expand newborn screenings in the U.S. with Pompe disease or spinal muscular atrophy, so that they can be immediately eligible for lifesaving and life changing therapies.

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