Longview firefighters will be on the streets filling the boot for MDA the first three Fridays in May at various intersections mainly during rush hour traffic. The firefighters will be at Estes and Eastman, Loop 281 and 4th St., and Loop 281 and Gilmer Rd. on May 4th, 11th, and 18th. All fire companies will be in service and available for calls as necessary.
Firefighters across the country are the top contributors to MDA having raised more than $435 million since becoming a supporter in 1954. In 2011, Texas firefighters led the country collecting more than $3.5 million for MDA. Longview Fire Department was listed in the Top 100 IAFF Departments in the country for 2011.
Funds raised by Longview Fire Department and dozens of other departments in East Texas benefit nearly 400 families who are affected by a neuromuscular disease. More than 77 cents of every dollar raised by MDA supporters like firefighters goes directly to direct services and research. MDA has invested more than $12.4 million in research funding in Texas over the last 5 years. During the same time period, MDA has provided more than $12.1 million in services to individuals living in Texas.
MDA clinics serving the East Texas area include The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and Texas Neurology. Other vital services include support group sessions, assistance with the repair of durable medical equipment and the children’s favorite, summer camp.
Please join us in promoting this more than 55-year tradition of supporting MDA through Fill the Boot.