Help Firefighter Fill the Boot and Conquer Muscle Disease for MDA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Sarah Stackert
Executive Director
317-824-4800
SStackert@mdausa.org

HELP FIRE FIGHTERS FILL THE BOOT AND

CONQUER MUSCLE DISEASE FOR MDA

 

Westfield, IND. August 28, 2013─ Fire fighters will be out on the streets of Westfield at State Rd. 32 & Union Street as well as Greyhound Pass & Cool Creek Park Rd  asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31st from 11am – 2pmEvery dollar that passing motorists can pitch into the fire fighters’ boots helps fire fighters provide medical treatment and support services to individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases in Central Indiana.

The International Association of Fire Fighters has been a national MDA partner for more than 50 years and remains committed to the fight to end neuromuscular diseases.

“Fire fighters are American heroes who make such a difference for the people and families we serve,” said MDA Executive Director Sarah Stackert.   “The funds they raise are used for health care services and equipment support, and to help send kids to free MDA summer camps. We are grateful for everything they do.”

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 MDA, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and ALS.

IAFF became the first national sponsor for MDA in 1954, and over the years, fire fighters have raised millions of dollars to help improve and enhance the lives of those living with neuromuscular disease. Fire fighters have raised money for MDA through their participation in the annual Fill the Boot campaign, as well as by sponsoring golf and softball tournaments. Many also contribute some of their vacation time each year to volunteer at MDA summer camps across the country.

About the IAFF

The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. More than 3,200 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada.

About MDA

MDA is the nonprofit 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 some 300 research teams worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular disease; and provides free local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle disease. For more information, visit mda.org.

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─ MDA

Everyone Safe after Gas Leak Evacuates Wal-Mart

photoEveryone is safe after a gas leak caused Wal-mart to evacuate this evening.  A little before 9 p.m. employees at the Rack Room Shoes smelled a store odor of gas in the building and called 9-1-1 and evacuated the building.  Westfield firefighters stationed across the street arrived moments later.  Their gas alarms went and began searching for the leak.  Once behind the Wal-mart firefighters found a ruptured pipe and began to fix the leak.  In the meantime, Wal-mart and Five Below evacuated approximately 100 people from their buildings. Everyone made it out safe.

Within 20 minutes, firefighters had the leak temporarily repaired.   When Vectren Gas crews arrived they went to work and eventually deemed the buildings safe for business.  Wal-mart reopened within an hour and the two remaining buildings closed for the evening.