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The Kentucky and South Carolina coaching staffs will be wearing special Coach to Cure MD arm patches to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy Saturday, as will all active SEC teams this weekend.
Here are some highlights:
- This is the fifth year of Coach to Cure MD, a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Parent Project MD. The program has raised more than one million dollars in donations this season for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
- Fans are encouraged to donate five dollars by texting the word CURE to 90999, or they can donate online a t www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
- Out of 124 FBS teams, at least 120 coaching staffs are participating including several teams who are idle this week but will wear the patches for other games.
- At all divisions, Coach to Cure MD will involve more than 550 schools and 5,000 coaches.
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal childhood genetic disorder – it is a progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence
- There is no cure and life expectancy is just in the 20’s
- Research to find a cure is underway on many college campuses. Football fans have helped Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy make muscle research grants to Ohio State, UCLA, Florida, and Missouri among others.