Football to Participate in Coach to Cure MD

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Saturday, Sept. 26, the MIT football program will join thousands of coaches in support of Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). 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 childhood.

AFCA members will wear a “Coach to Cure MD” logo patch on the sidelines and college football fans are encouraged 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.

“With MIT’s academic research mission, this is a project we felt we needed to get behind as a staff,” said head coach Chad Martinovich. “Although it’s a very small thing we’re doing, we hope by raising people’s awareness the donations will grow so someday soon a cure can be found for this disorder.”

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.

About 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 10,000-member organization includes more than 90 percent of head coaches at the 700-plus schools that sponsor football at the college level. Members include coaches form Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Mexico.

About PPMD
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 improve the treatment, quality of life and long-term outlook for all individuals affect by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy through research, advocacy, education and compassion. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, N.J. For more information, visit www.parentprojectmd.org.