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New Berlin firefighters present record breaking check to mda

Aug. 25, 2014

New Berlin — Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics IAFF Local 4724 that represents New Berlin fire fighters here and in the town of Brookfield, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, are celebrating their 60-year partnership with a record- breaking fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the New Berlin and Brookfield area.

This year, in addition to their annual three-day boot drive, which raised more than $16,000, the department also dedicated the funds raised at their annual golf outing to MDA.

The donation is meant to honor local resident, Reagan Imhoff, who was named the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Association.

They were slated to reveal their grand total and present MDA a check during dinner at their annual golf outing at New Berlin Hills Country Club last week.

"Throughout 2014 MDA and fire fighters are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership, joined together in the fight against life-threatening muscle disease, said MDA Director Of Business Development, Elizabeth Wagler. "Fire fighters in the area do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group, dedicating countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp.

"We're grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families' health, well being and quality of life. We're excited to celebrate a record breaking year with the New Berlin Fire Department and are grateful for their support and hard work."

Funds raised through 2014 Fire Department events will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support, which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Wonderland in Kenosha.

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association's largest national sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA's mission to find treatments and cures for life-threatening muscle diseases.

The IAFF is a major contributing sponsor of the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, and IAFF contributions from charity baseball games and other local events help support MDA's efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.

IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization's commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day, a news release said.

The IAFF raised $100,000 for MDA in 1955, and $1 million in 1970, and fire fighters continue to raise the bar in their fundraising efforts. In 2013, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $26.2 million. To date the IAFF has raised $530 million for MDA.

The International Association of Fire Fighters represents more than 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect 85 percent of the nation's population.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of anyone with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.

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