For more than 60 years, firefighters have teamed with MDA to fight back against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.
For one firefighter, the cause became very personal when his son, Chandler Mallen, was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis, a neuromuscular disease that involves inflammation of the muscles. When Chandler asked his father — Scott, a firefighter who has collected donations for MDA’s Fill the Boot program for almost 25 years — if he’d lose the use of his legs, he didn’t wait for an answer.
“Even if I do,” Chandler said, “I’ll never stop trying.”
In 1986, the International Association of Firefighters completed a permanent tribute to its members, the IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Memorial was founded to recognize and honor past and future professional firefighters and emergency medical personnel who are killed in the line of duty and to provide assistance to the . . .
This weekend, as you head out to BBQs and the beach, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter fire fighters collecting for MDA at intersections, shopping malls and town centers in your community. That’s because members of more than 700 local fire departments across the country, led by the International Association of Fire Fighters, are set . . .
They say “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But my experience at the 53rd International Association of Fire Fighters convention was too good not to share with you. This wasn’t my first trip to Las Vegas, but it was the first time I found myself in Sin City on business. This trip made me . . .
For nearly 25 years, Plano Fire Captain Scott Mallen has taken part in the MDA Fill the Boot campaign — a program in which fire fighters in hometowns across America take to the streets to fill their boots with donations and raise funds to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy live longer and grow . . .
More than 100 Boston fire fighters and dignitaries, along with the the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), MDA and Boston Fire IAFF Local 718, united today on Memorial Sunday, an annual day to honor Boston’s fallen fire fighters, to celebrate more than 60 years of partnership in the fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and . . .