Mid-County Firefighters will be collecting at various intersections in Camden County under the direction of volunteer Rick Kramer who annually heads up the event.

Firefighters in the lake area will take their boots to the streets between now and Labor Day continuing their support in the fight against muscular dystrophy and ALS.

Fill the Boot began in 1954 in Boston and has grown into the greatest fundraiser in MDA history. In 2017, 69 departments will participate in this long-running event in support of local communities.

Mid-County Firefighters will be collecting at various intersections in Camden County under the direction of volunteer Rick Kramer who annually heads up the event.

“Mid-County Firefighters have one of the greatest traditions of support of MDA. The lobby of the department is covered with awards that go back to the 1980’s. It is tribute to the department and the people of Camden County,” said Executive Director Jerry Bear of MDA.

Contributions fuel MDA’s efforts to find research breakthroughs across diseases; to care for kids and adults from day one; and to empower families in hometowns across Missouri with services and support.

In 2016, the FDA granted accelerated approval for the first drug to treat the underlying cause of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). It also approved the first disease-modifying drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Funds raised through the Camden County Fill the Boot events will help support MDA’s efforts to fund groundbreaking research to accelerate treatments and cures, provide care and support at MDA Care Centers located at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, and send kids living with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA Summer Camp at Camp Windermere at Lake of the Ozarks.