PRINCETON, N.J.—Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli and the coaching staff will display its support of the Coach to Cure MD program by wearing a patch Saturday during its Ivy League opener at Princeton. Kickoff for the game is at 12:30 p.m. live on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network. The annual effort has raised more than $1.5 million to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Dushenne).
On the weekend of September 29-30, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear the traditional 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 (PPMD), the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne. Many of those games will recognize a local Duchenne family on the field before or during the game.
Football fans can help support the fight to end Duchenne by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 50555 to make a $10 donation in honor of this year's anniversary.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood, primarily affecting boys of all races and cultures. People with Duchenne 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. But thanks to Coach To Cure MD and the work of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, there is hope.
"We couldn’t do this without the commitment from all of the coaches in the AFCA,” said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. “The awareness raised for Duchenne has been nothing short of incredible, and we continue to raise more money every year as a result. Because of the dedication of every coach that wears a patch in honor of our families and thanks to college football fans nationwide, we continue to move closer to the day we end Duchenne. We are counting down the minutes to Game Day on Sept. 30 and we are so grateful to everyone who has joined our team these last 10 years!”
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 11,000-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 the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy – our mission is to end Duchenne.
We invest deeply in treatments for this generation of people affected by Duchenne and in research that will benefit future generations. We advocate in Washington, D.C., and have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. We demand optimal care, and we strengthen, unite and educate the global Duchenne community.
Everything we do – and everything we have done since our founding in 1994 – helps people with Duchenne live longer, stronger lives. We will not rest until every person has a treatment to end Duchenne. Go to www.ParentProjectMD.org for more information or to learn how you can support our efforts and help families affected by Duchenne.