News release from the Muscular Dystrophy Association -- Central Valley Chapter
The Fresno Fire Department Local 753 and the Clovis Fire Department Local 1695 will conduct a Fill-the-Boot (FTB) event to raise funds for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Thursday, April 12, 2012 the firefighters will be at the intersections of Shaw/Palm, Nees/Blackstone, Shaw/Blackstone, Clovis/Shaw and Clovis/Herndon Avenue from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. The firefighters will be asking passing motorists to donate dollars and change to "Fill the Boot" as they travel through the intersections holding out their boots to accept donations.
With the help of the Fresno and Clovis Fire Departments, MDA can provide the following services to local families free of charge: monthly support groups, medical clinics, loan and repair medical equipment and an annual youth summer camp. MDA is the largest private sponsor of neuromuscular disease research in the world. MDA provides a pediatric clinic at Children's Hospital of Central California and an adult clinic at University of California, San Francisco - Fresno.
MDA Summer Camp is specially designed for children with physical disabilities due to muscle diseases. MDA Summer Camp is held at Camp Tuolumne Trails in Groveland, CA for children throughout the Central Valley. The facility and all activities are 100% wheelchair accessible so children with disabilities can participate in camping activities and have fun! Activities include swimming, fishing, arts/crafts, wheelchair races and much more.
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has been a National Sponsor of MDA for more than 55 years. The partnership between the IAFF and MDA is sustained through the annual local union's FTB drives.
For information on the history of MDA and the IAFF please visit: http://youtu.be/NA2WtJMkAMA.
To see the local MDA Summer Camp please visit: http://youtu.be/CUxJ3RQ7tUQ.