CAMDEN, NJ — Firefighters from the city will be showing support for nonprofit health agency Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with the kick-off of an annual fundraising campaign.

Continuing a more than 65-year tradition, the Camden City Fire Department IAFF Local 0788 is hosting Kegs for a Cure, which supports kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related muscle-debilitating diseases in quality of life. The event is being held on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 45th Street Pub in Pennsauken.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Camden City Fire Department IAFF Local 0788 for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said MDA Executive Director Amanda Sweet. “The dedication of these firefighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Greater Philadelphia. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

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The group raised $4,700 last year during Strike Out Muscle Disease, a related bowling event hosted by Pete Perez, IAFF Local 0788 Vice President and a Camden firefighter.

Funds raised through Greater Philadelphia Fill the Boot events in 2019 empower families who inspire everyday Americans to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Contributions help fund research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and care centers, including the MDA Care Centers at MDA/ALS Center of Hope at Temple University Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, ALS Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, Nemours/A.I.duPont Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They also help send more than 65 local kids to MDA summer camp at Varity Club Camp — all at no cost to their families.

In addition to Fill the Boot drives, firefighter contributions from year-round local events, including Pour for the Cure, Team Momentum, Muscle Walk, Black-N-Blue Ball and Railway Day for MDAhelp support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.

Tickets for this year’s Camden Kegs for a Cure event, which include a buffet, drink specials, and raffle items, are $25 per person and can be purchased here. All proceeds will benefit MDA Philadelphia.

Now the largest national partner of MDA, the International Association of Fire Fighters first committed its support to the nonprofit in 1954. To date, IAFF has raised $630 million for MDA.

In 2017, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $24 million.

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