September 22, 2011

Bulldog Football To Support Important Cause

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football coaching staff will join an important national cause once again by helping support "Coach to Cure MD" during this Saturday's (Sept. 24) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road contest versus Tiffin at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

The entire Bulldog coaching staff, including head coach Jeff Pierce, will join thousands of others from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) by wearing "Coach to Cure" MD 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.  This year marks the fourth year of the nationwide program.

"Coach to Cure MD" is a tremendous cause for the sport of college football," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the AFCA and legendary former coach at Baylor University. "The coaches' support during the last three seasons has been outstanding, and we aim for even more success this year. The AFCA is proud to be involved in such an important effort."

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. 24 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 9,400 college coaches from 373 schools participated in the "Coach to Cure MD" event,.  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.

The AFCA 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 improve the treatment, quality of life and long-term outlook for all individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy through research, advocacy, education and compassion. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

For more information, please visit:
www.CoachtoCureMD.org

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