Fill The Boot
Tooele City has a special honorary member of their fire department. Picture to the left is a
picture of Matthew Martin and Fire Chief Gary Vario. Matt was diagnosed with MDA approximately
10 years ago. Matthew is a special member of our department and our members love and take special
care of Matthew. He is a strong inspiration for our department to work hard during the annual
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising.
Tooele City firefighters are seen out in the community starting in July and going through
Labor day collecting donations for MDA. Firefighters can been seen around the community and
at special events asking you to "Fill the Boot". Each year city
firefighters raise 10,000.00 dollars to be donated to help find a cure.
We sincerely appreciate the support of the residents during the donation season. The
citizens of Tooele City generously support this worth while cause and play their own special
role in "Helping to Find a Cure"
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency -- a dedicated partnership
between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that
affect more than a million Americans.
MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive
medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.
With national headquarters in Tucson, MDA has more than 200 offices across the country,
sponsors 230 hospital-affiliated clinics and supports nearly 400 research projects around
MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector
organization in the world. MDA scientists are in the forefront of gene therapy research
and have uncovered the genetic defects responsible for several forms of muscular dystrophy,
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's
disease), childhood spinal muscular atrophy, and several other neuromuscular conditions.
The Association's comprehensive service program includes medical examinations, flu shots,
support groups, MDA summer camps for youngsters and assistance with purchase of wheelchairs
and leg braces.
MDA was created in 1950 by a group of adults with muscular dystrophy, parents of children
with muscular dystrophy, and a physician-scientist studying the disorder. Since its earliest
days it has been energized by its number-one volunteer and national chairman, entertainer
The Association's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.
MDA seeks no government grants, United Way funding or fees from those it serves.
To the citizens of Tooele County we would like to thank you for generosity and support
this year. With your help we were able to raise $8,700.00 for MDA.
For further information, please goto the Muscular
Dystrophy Association web site.
Firefighters in Tooele City conduct their annual Blanket and Coat Drive. Each year,
hundreds of blankets and coats are collected from the community at local fire stations
and city hall are then donated to those in need.
As winter approaches each year, we ask for your support. Please drop off new or clean
used blankets to either fire station or to Tooele City Hall. The fire department then
delivers the blankets and coats to local community agencies to be distributed to those
members of our communities who need them most.
Thank you for your support, continued generosity.