WACO, Texas - For the fifth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program, which will be held during games from Sept. 27-29. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Members of the Holy Cross football coaching staff will join with other American Football Coaches Association members by wearing a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines, and college football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Football fans can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word "CURE" to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill and standard text message rates apply).
Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at 505 different institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Both those figures are well higher than in any of the program's first three years (2008-2010). The four-year fundraising total is just over $1 million.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across 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 a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.
"The AFCA is proud of the fact that Coach To Cure MD has surpassed one million dollars in donations," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the AFCA. "Our coaches have only grown more enthusiastic for this cause in each of the last four years. We're confident this season will once again set a record for participation on the field in September."