BRANCH, N.J.- Head Coach Kevin Callahan and the Monmouth University football
coaching staff will wear patches in support of finding a cure for Duchenne
Muscular Dystraphy in tomorrow's game against Albany.
Callahan and his staff join thousands of their colleagues across the country as
part of Coach to Cure MD, an annual effort that has raised more than a million
dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy. On September 29, American
Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear patches on the
sidelines and college football fans will be asked to donate to research projects
supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit
organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at 505 different
institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Both
those figures are well higher than in any of the program's first three years
(2008-10). The four-year fundraising total is just over $1 million.
Football fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either 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).
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 causes 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
"The AFCA is proud of the fact that Coach To Cure MD has
surpassed one million dollars in donations," said Grant Teaff, executive
director of the AFCA and legendary former coach at Baylor University.
"Our coaches have only grown more enthusiastic for this cause in each
of the last four years. We're confident this season will once again set a
record for participation on the field in September."
"The AFCA now enters its fifth year of partnering with
the Coach To Cure MD program and it has been rewarding to
see first-hand the growth of this worthy cause," said Harvard
head coach Tim Murphy, who is the current president of the AFCA. "I
don't know many individuals and families left unscathed by difficulties in life
and approximately 20,000 babies are born each year with this terrible disease,
Duchenne. We happily partner in the effort to fund research and bring awareness
and in doing so, celebrate the relationships forged with these brave young
In addition to the coaches' efforts, families affected with Duchenne
muscular dystrophy will also gather for fund-raising tailgate parties on
campuses around the country to encourage more fans to get involved.
"Coach To Cure MD
has grown from the seed of an idea of an uncle determined to raise money for
his nephew with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, into a national awareness campaign
that has earned $1 million in its four years," said Pat Furlong, founding
president and CEO of PPMD. "We are thrilled to partner with the AFCA once
again. This year marks the five year anniversary of a partnership
with coaches across the country, working together with our community
to end Duchenne. We couldn't ask for better teammates!"
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 end Duchenne. We
accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for
all young men and educate the global community. PPMD is headquartered in
Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey. For more information,
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.