FIREFIGHTERS' FILL THE BOOT DRIVE
WHEN AND WHERE
PUBLIX STORES 1923 Knox McRae Drive 3265 Garden Street September 2, 3 & 4 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WAL-MART 3175 Cheney Highway September 2 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over the Labor Day weekend, members of the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department will be displaying their "boots", hoping that community donations in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association fill them to the brim. Titusville Fire Department's MDA Coordinator, Firefighter/Paramedic Tiffany Ford, urges our local community to support this endeavor. "For over 40 years, the fire service profession has been an integral partner in seeking support for MDA research and programs. Within the last decade, significant break-throughs in treatment and equipment used to support the victims of muscular dystrophy have occurred. These strides were possible only through the generosity and compassion of local communities like Titusville."
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. More than 1 million Americans are affected by neuromuscular diseases and about 250,000 have some form of muscular dystrophy. Included in the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA are nine forms of muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), myasthenia gravis, spinal muscular atrophy and others. MDA is the first nonprofit agency to be recognized by the American Medical Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award for "significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity."
Founded in 1950, MDA is funded almost entirely by individual, private voluntary contributions. It seeks no fees from those it serves and dedicates 76 cents of every dollar it spends directly on program services. In addition to support hospital-affiliated clinics and awarding research grants to some 400 teams of scientists and physicans worldwide, the Association also helps buy and repair wheelchairs, leg braces and augmentative communication devices and provides thousands of free flu vacinnes to those affected by neuromuscular diseases. It also conducts on-going public education programs through its publications, videos, seminars and web sites. Titusville Fire and Emergency Services urges any potential contributors to view the Muscular Dystrophy Association's website and annual report for more detailed information.
Titusville's Fire Chief Rick Talbert enthusiastically supports his department's participation in the Boot Drive. "We not only save lives through our efforts as a profession, but also through our involvement with MDA. The Fill the Boot Drive has grown into one of the most rewarding traditions of our department and the fire service as a whole."