Lakeland, Rockford coaches team up in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Athletics - posted on 9/30/2009
The Lakeland College and Rockford College football coaching staffs will be on opposite sidelines this Saturday at Sam Greeley Field in Rockford, Ill.
But on this day, collegiate coaches across the Northern Athletics Conference and the nation will be on the same team. The reason? Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association
(AFCA) that began last Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.
This Saturday, thousands of coaches nationwide in all levels of collegiate football will come together to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer diagnosed in children.
"College football coaches are dedicated to the betterment of young men and that's why the entire coaching profession is proud to be a part of Coach to Cure MD," said Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director and legendary former coach of Baylor University. "Our coaches are determined to beat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and we need college football fans to help."
On Saturday, Lakeland coaches will wear 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 nonprofit organization in the U.S. 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).
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.
Last year, over 2,675 college coaches participated in the inaugural Coach to Cure MD event. Teaff said he expects an even wider cross-section of coaches to participate in the program's second year. Families affected with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will also gather for fundraising tailgate parties on campuses around the county to encourage more fans to get involved.
"We are thrilled to be teammates again this year with the AFCA for Coach to Cure MD. The commitment of the coaches and universities that are participating is truly inspiring. We are taking a comprehensive approach in the fight against Duchenne - funding research, raising awareness, promoting advocacy, connecting to the community, and broadening treatment options," said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. "And with the support of the AFCA and college football fans everywhere, we are confident that we will end Duchenne."
Share This Story Help
Lakeland offers links to several popular social bookmarking services. These links help you share stories with other people or create bookmarks for future reference. The services are free, but they require a personal account. Click for more information on social bookmarking
<< Return to News