IAFF Delivers $27.8 Million to MDA

September 7, 2010 – Despite the struggling economy, the public remains generous for a very worthy cause – the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The Stars Across America MDA Telethon generated $58.9 million in contributions and pledges. And, once again, the IAFF earned the spot of top fundraiser, contributing a total of $27.8 million.

“It is with great pride that I announce the fundraising totals our locals have accumulated by filling the boot each year,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “I know that with every dollar dropped into a boot, MDA will be able to provide more services and come one step closer to finding a cure.”

This year’s top-earning Fill-the-Boot campaign was conducted by Fairfax County, VA Local 2068 with $561,478. “Of course, it is an honor to have raised the highest dollar amount, but the thing that we value most is seeing the faces of the children at MDA camp and the grateful parents who hold out hope that their child’s disease will one day be cured due to the research that we help fund,” says Local 2068 President John Niemiec.

Other top fundraisers include Houston, TX Local 341 with $489,981; CAL Fire Local 2881 with $396,332; Dallax, TX Local 58 with $307,278; and Oklahoma City, OK Local 157 with $233,108.

The funds will allow MDA to continue funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

MDA is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. MDA also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.