Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football
coaching staff will join an important national cause by helping
support "Coach to Cure MD" during this Saturday's (Sept. 26) Great
Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road contest
versus Northern Michigan at the Superior Dome in Marquette,
Mich. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (EDT).
The Bulldog staff, including head coach Jeff Pierce, will join thousands of others from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) by wearing "Coach to Cure" MD arm patches for the game.
"Coach to Cure MD", a national charity project of the AFCA,
helps bring coaches nationwide together from all levels of
collegiate football to raise awareness and research funding for
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer
diagnosed in childhood.
"College football coaches are dedicated to the betterment of young men and that's why the entire coaching profession is proud to be a part of Coach to Cure MD," said Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director legendary former coach of Baylor University. "Our coaches are determined to beat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and we need college football fans to help."
AFCA members will wear the "Coach to Cure MD" logo patch on the sidelines and college football fans are asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on this disease.
Football fans can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research throughout the Sept. 26 contests by 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 this disorder 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 and limited therapeutic options exist.
Last year, over 2,675 college coaches participated in the inaugural "Coach to Cure MD" event, which is sponsored nationally by the financial service firm TIAA-CREF. Families affected with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will also gather for fundraising tailgate parties on campuses around the country to help encourage more fans to get involved.
In additon to the Bulldog staff, thousands of other coaches across the country will also take part in Saturday's important cause, including coaches such as Texas' Mack Brown, Jim Tressel of Ohio State and Dick Tomey, current president of the AFCA and a national spokesperson for the project.
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