WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gallaudet University head football coach Chuck Goldstein and his staff will be joining their coaching brethren around the country this weekend as they show support for the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) Coach to Cure MD program. College football coaches at all levels of the game will be wearing special Coach to Cure MD patches to support the one-day nationwide awareness building and fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Coach to Cure MD is a project of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), which is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The initiative, formed by PPMD in 2008, has been embraced by the AFCA as one of its primary charity efforts.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and affects approximately 1 in 3,500 boys worldwide. Because Duchenne is a progressive disease, those living with it will need the assistance of a wheelchair in their adolescence, will lose upper body function in their teens, and sadly lose their battle with Duchenne in their mid-twenties. While there is no cure for Duchenne, there are promising treatments on the horizon and the Coach to Cure MD event has raised nearly a million dollars to the cause.
Anna Maria College (1-2, 0-0 ECFC), whose coaches will also be wearing the Coach to Cure MD patch, will travel to GU this weekend to take on the Bison (2-1, 0-0 ECFC) in each team's first conference game of the season. The last time the two teams faced off, the Bison won a triple-overtime thriller 48-40. The game kicks off at noon on Hotchkiss Field.
Fans can support the fight against Duchenne by visiting www.CoachtoCureMD.org or can make an instant donation of $5 by texting the word CURE to 90999.