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The MDA and Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 IAFF: In 1952, Charlie Crowley went to his friend George Graney, a Boston Fire Fighter on Engine 1 in South Boston, and member of Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 IAFF. Crowley explained that his sons had been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy and he needed financial assistance for their treatment and care. Graney immediately rounded up 20 additional Local 718 members and set in motion a door-to-door drive that raised $5,000. The following year, Graney and Local 718 launched a city-wide fundraising campaign with the help of fire fighters from across Boston. With such success in Massachusetts, Graney suggested Crowley and his friends at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) take their fire fighter/ MDA partnership and fundraising effort to a national level. In 1954, at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 22nd Convention, Graney and Crowley proposed that the IAFF make the MDA the International's "charity of choice." The partnership between the IAFF and MDA was born. Since then, IAFF Locals in the United States and Canada have raised more than $240 million dollars for research and treatments to prolong the lives of children suffering with Muscular Dystrophy. The IAFF has emerged as the single largest sponsor of the MDA under the leadership of General President Schaitberger, who is also a Vice President of MDA. The IAFF has taken Boston Fire Fighter George Graney's vision and made it their mission. Today the IAFF’s “Fill the Boot” campaign is arguably one of the most recognized fundraising drives, with firefighters across the US and Canada collecting donations to MDA in fire boots at shopping malls, sports venues and busy intersections.
Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association have shared a Proud Tradition since 1952.
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