RED OAK — Red Oak firefighters took to the streets of the city, asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association May 22 through May 24, and again from May 29 through May 31.

They raised $11,369, their best year ever, to help find treatments and cures for families living with neuromuscular disease in the Red Oak area.

They could not have done it without the generosity of each and every person that stopped and made a donation to the firefighters out on the streets this year.

Also, the firefighters wanted to thank the city of Red Oak officials for allowing the them to be on the streets during their Fill the Boot drive year after year.

“We deeply appreciate the work firefighters in Red Oak do for MDA,” Fundraising Coordinator Haley Myers said. “It does make a difference to all the people and families here, who are living with muscle disease. They see these American heroes going out to support them, and it tells them they have strong partners standing by their side.”

Fill the Boot funds also are used to support some of the 300 worldwide research projects seeking better treatments and cures for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by the MDA, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and ALS.  

The MDA is the non-profit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

In addition to funding research teams worldwide, the MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular disease; and free local summer camp opportunities for thousands of children fighting progressive muscle disease. For more information, visit mda.org.