Head Football Coach Mike Maynard and the University of Redlands football staff looks forward to joining more than 9,000 coaches from over 500 schools nationwide to support the Coach To Cure M.D. Program on Saturday, September 29, when the Bulldogs host Occidental College at 7 p.m. Redlands is officially participating in 2012 by donning patches on their sleeves during the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opener to help raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Furthermore, the Bulldogs hope to inspire football fans to donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research by going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by simply texting the word "Cure" to 90999 to make a one-time $5 donation ($5 will be automatically be added to your mobile phone bill).
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) partnered with the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to support their Coach To Cure M.D. project as one of AFCA's charity efforts. The AFCA is a professional association representing more than 90% of the head coaches at American colleges and universities around the country.
"I am pleased that we can help the AFCA raise awareness and support for the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy," Maynard commented. "I understand that not one entity, one strategy, or one person will be able to win the fight to end Duchenne. It will take a combined effort to create change for this generation that is affected by Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy."
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in the early stages of childhood. It impacts approximately 20,000 babies born each year worldwide. Found primarily in the X-chromosome, the disorder manifests mainly in boys but has been known to affect all races and cultures. The disorder is 100% fatal, and those living with it will need the assistance of a wheelchair in their adolescence and will likely lose upper-body function altogether in their teens.
Unfortunately, there is no cure or treatment to stop the progression of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and young men with the disorder normally live only into their twenties.
For more information or to contribute to Coach To Cure MD, please visit www.CoacthToCureMD.org.