Sept. 25, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Lamar Cardinal coaching staff will participate with other coaches nationwide in the sixth annual Coach To Cure MD during Saturday's football game at Grambling State. Coach to Cure MD is a national effort to help raise money to fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
"The AFCA membership has enthusiastically embraced Coach To Cure MD," said Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director and legendary former coach at Baylor. "We are proud of the commitment shown at all levels of competition to help raise funding for such an important cause."
During all games Saturday, participating American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines, while football fans will be asked to donate to research which is supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. Fans can donate by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word `CURE' to 90999 which will have a $5 charge added to the 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 options exist.
Last year, more than 10,000 college coaches at a record 580 different institutions participated in Coach To Cure MD events. Both those figures are higher than in any of the program's first five years (2008-12). Last season marked the first time all 124 FBS school participated, and the five-year fundraising total is just over $1 million.
The Cardinals will face Grambling State (0-4) in Grambling, La. Saturday. Lamar will be looking for back-to-back wins, while GSU enters the game looking for its first victory of the season. The game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Eddie Robinson Stadium.