During the 2019 MDA Fill the Boot campaign, firefighters across Vernon Parish took to the streets to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.

During the month of September, $7,500 was raised to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Firefighters in Evans, Leesville, New Llano, Rosepine and Simpson participated in the Fill the Boot collection. 

“The firefighters of Vernon Parish have shown their immense dedication and care for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said MDA Regional Director Charly Bradford.  “This year’s Fill the Boot was a success and we are grateful for the generosity of those in Vernon Parish 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 65 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.

Funds raised through 2019 Fill the Boot drives empower families with life-enhancing resources and support, including state-of-the-art support groups and a Care Center at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA. 

They also help give more than 90 Louisiana kids the opportunity to experience the best week of the year where anything is possible at MDA summer camp at no cost to their families at Camp Starlite (Pollock, LA). 

 MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. 

We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. 

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.