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Hernando firefighters display the check representing more than $31,000 raised during the MDA Fill the Boot campaign in 2018. 

During the 2018 MDA Fill the Boot campaign, the dedicated members of the Hernando Fire Department took to the streets to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Throughout the year, $31,224.00 was raised to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This is the highest amount ever raised in the State of Mississippi.

“The fire fighters of Hernando Fire Department have once again shown their immense dedication and care for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said Executive Director Laura Lutrick. “This year’s Fill the Boot was a success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in the Hernando community who have helped individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases truly live unlimited.”

Firefighters have taken part in MDA’s Fill the Boot tradition for more than 60 years, hitting the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, joining the fight to find treatments and cures for devastating diseases that take away everyday abilities like walking, talking, hugging and even breathing.

In addition to Fill the Boot drives, firefighter contributions help support MDA’s efforts to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the harm of neuromuscular diseases from year-round local events, including Muscle Walks & Golf Tournaments.

Funds raised help MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Centers at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital & Wesley Neurology. They also help send local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families.

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