Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about the football team that will be participating in ‘Coach to Cure MD’ on Saturday against Coast Guard Academy:
DUDLEY, Mass. – Members of the Nichols College football coaching staff will wear ‘Coach to Cure MD’ logo patches on the sidelines in support of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach to Cure MD fundraiser this Saturday, September 28 when the Bison head to New London, Conn. to face Coast Guard at 1:30 p.m.
Now celebrating its sixth year, Coach to Cure MD seeks to raise awareness and money to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most prolific lethal genetic disorder of childhood. On September 28th, thousands of AFCA members will wear Coach to Cure MD shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness of the program.
This year, over 600 schools will participate in the event, which is an all-time high. The five-year fundraising total is just over $1 million.
“We as a coaching staff are glad to be involved again with the AFCA’s initiative, Coach to Cure MD,” said Nichols head coach Kevin Loney. “It is one of the great causes in college athletics, and we hope that someday we will find a cure for Duchenne.”
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.
In addition to the coaches’ efforts, families affected with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will also gather for fund-raising tailgate parties on campuses around the country to encourage more fans to get involved.
College football fans are asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Donations can be made 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).
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 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 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, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.parentprojectmd.org.