September 21, 2010

NMU Football Staff To Wear Special Patch Against Ashland

Coach to Cure MD
Coach to Cure MD

WACO, Texas – The Northern Michigan University football coaching staff will join college football coaches nationwide in support of the Coach to Cure MD program, which will be held during games of Saturday, Sept. 25.  NMU takes on Ashland that day in the Superior Dome with kickoff set for 4 p.m.

NMU coaching staff along with American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members 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 on-line 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 5,200 college coaches at 351 different institutions participated in the Coach to Cure MD event.  Both these figures are well higher than the program’s inaugural year in 2008, when 2,675 coaches from 207 schools took part.

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 cause 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.

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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director
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