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Los Angeles County Firefighters' to hold annual Fill the Boot campaign to help raise funds for neuromuscular diseases. On June 9th, 10th, and 11th Los Angeles County Firefighters will hold their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), an organization committed to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy, and other related diseases. County firefighters will be stationed at various intersections throughout the County of Los Angeles during this three day campaign to collect funds to benefit various MDA programs including summer camps, support groups, and scientific research. This is the 8th Annual Fill the Boot campaign that Los Angeles County Firefighters will be participating in. In 2009, Los Angeles County Firefighters were able to raise over $332,000 to aid the MDA in their efforts to find a cure and they are hoping to surpass that number this year. Firefighters across the United States participate in Fill the Boot programs and are helping to raise funds for the MDA, one boot at a time. Firefighters will be at various intersections in the county during this three day campaign and will be holding out their boots to collect proceeds to benefit the MDA. Last year, California alone, was able to raise over $1.75 million with its Fill the Boot programs. Citizens across the county are encouraged to come out and help Firefighters fill their boots in order give those affected by Muscular Dystrophy and other related diseases the proper medical treatment they deserve. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) made a commitment to the MDA in 1954. IAFF is the MDA's single largest sponsor and with that the IAFF has helped to raise over $450 million to benefit this organization. The success of the Fill the Boot campaign has led to major medical breakthroughs that will continue to aid the MDA in finding a cure for those who are combating Muscular Dystrophy and other related diseases. MDA receives support from the IAFF and non-Union fire departments nationwide. Fill the Boot funds support MDA's services locally and nationally. MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, and far-reach professional and public health education. Along with MDA's funding of research, MDA maintains about 230 clinics nationwide. The Association's programs are almost entirely funded by individual private contributors. Up-to-date information about MDA services and research can be found at www.mda.org. For more information on Fill-the-Boot or any other MDA programs please contact Erin Kelly in the Los Angeles office at (310) 390-6802 or