Football hosts Franklin for Coach To Cure MD
September 17, 2015
WACO, Texas - For the eighth year in a row, football coaches nationwide, including Bluffton University Head Coach Denny Dorrel and his staff, will band together for the Coach to Cure MD program, which will be held during games on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The annual effort has raised more than $1.25 million to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear a Coach to Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines. College football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. to focus solely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The Coach to Cure MD patches will also be worn on non-Saturday games the same weekend, and teams who do not play will wear the patches during other games throughout the season. Additionally, more than 60 teams will recognize a local Duchenne family on the field before or during the game.
Football fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going on-line to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).
Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at more than 600 institutions participated in Coach to Cure MD events. The seven-year fundraising total (2008-14) is now over $1.25 million.
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Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys of all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.
“I am always heartened by the level of support our coaches give Coach to Cure MD,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director. “Not only by wearing the arm patches, but also many coaches invite young men affected by Duchenne MD and their families out to practices and games. It shows them they are truly part of our team as we do what we can to help them in this fight.”
In addition to the coaches efforts, families affected with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will also gather for fundraising tailgate parties on campuses around the country to encourage more fans to get involved.
“For eight years, the AFCA has been partners with PPMD, supporting the Duchenne community be raising awareness every year during Coach to Cure MD, ” said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. “To say we are grateful is an understatement. By wearing a patch and speaking out about Duchenne, these coaches are helping to shine the spotlight on a rare disease that devastates families as it weakens muscles. Awareness is one of our greatest weapons in the fight to end Duchenne, and the AFCA is our greatest teammate.”
About the AFCA
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and is considered the primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition. The 11,000-member organization includes more than 90 percent of coaches at the 700-plus schools that sponsor football at the college level. Members include coaches from Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. The organization’s mission is to end Duchenne. We accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men and educate the global community. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio, with offices in Fort Lee, N.J. For more information, visit www.ParentProjectMD.org.
Charley Green, Coach to Cure MD at 214-734-8028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vince Thompson, AFCA at 254-754-9900 or email@example.com
Will Nolan, PPMD at 201-250-8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org