9/24/2013 3:57:00 PM
CLEVELAND, Miss. -
During the game on September 28, Todd Cooley
and the rest of the Delta State University football coaching staff will join in with thousands of American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members by wearing a patch with the Coach to Cure MD logo to bring awareness to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
For the sixth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program, a rapidly growing annual effort that has raised more than a million dollars to battle 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).
Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at a record 580 different institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Both those figures are higher than in any of the program's first five years (2008-2012). Last season marked the first time all 124 Football Bowl Subdivision schools participated, and the five 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 membership has enthusiastically embraced Coach to Cure MD," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the AFCA and legendary former coach at Baylor University. "We are proud of the commitment shown at all levels of competition to help raise funding for such an important cause."