Record Breaking 2015 'Fill The Boot' by Fairfax County

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After five days of multiple fires, heat, humidity, unavoidable training and testing, the resiliency of Fairfax County has once again shown through! With the help of DPSC and the Fire Marshals Office, A-shift pushed us not only past Dallas, Texas, who was previously thought to be number one in the nation for 2015 with a very respectable $577,000 collected, but also past the all time record of $602,580 that we set just two years ago.

With that, we proudly announce the final total for the 2015 Fairfax County Fill The Boot Campaign is a staggering $615,945.44 collected with 100% benefiting the Greater Washington MDA and the 3,000+ families with the 43 neuromuscular diseases that they service.

Because of the money that you collected, raised and donated this campaign:

  • A full camp of 60 kids is able to enjoy a week with friends who look like them and have the same abilities as them. As they are having the time of their life at camp, their families can finally sleep through the night or go out without having to equip themselves for every emergency or contingency possible.
  • Those same 60 kids will receive necessary vaccines to keep them healthy, because a bug that a typical body would just fight off, can lead to pneumonia and severe complications in someone with neuromuscular disease.
  • Those same 60 kids will benefit from 145 hours of research so that someday cures to their particular neuromuscular diseases can be found and they can lead full, typical lives free of the disabilities that govern their lives.

    That, my friends, is the difference that you made this weekend. Just ask your friends, "What did you do this Labor Day Weekend?" (with apologies to Capital One!)

    We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the groups and individuals who made this campaign and huge victory possible: President Niemiec and Local 2068, Fire Chief Bowers and the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, President Carruthers and FOP Lodge 77, Colonel Roessler and the Fairfax County Police Department, Director Souder and the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications, Chief Morrison and the Volunteer Canteens, President McIntosh and the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Retirement Association, Subway, Paul Davis Restoration, SunTrust Bank & the families, spouses and friends that helped out this weekend. Without all of those listed, this campaign would have never gotten off the ground.

    On behalf of Director Janice Reardon from Greater Washington MDA and the family of our own MDA Goodwill Ambassador Joshua Jurack, we would like to thank everyone for their dedication to the cause.

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