By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – As part of a national effort, Capital University Football will be taking part in Coach to Cure MD, a national game day charity project of the American Football Coaches Association, on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Now in its 10th year, Coach to Cure MD aims to raise awareness and funds to fight Duchenne (pronounced doo-SHEN) muscular dystrophy.
This year, Capital will be welcoming the two young men from Middletown, Ohio and their family to the football game on Saturday. Tristan (12) and Anderson (5) Hayes are brothers who both have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They and the rest of their family will be introduced at the game and be welcomed in to the Capital Football family on game day.
All Capital coaches will also be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch on their sleeves, joining coaches around the country who will be doing the same.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and affects nearly one in every 3,500 boys worldwide. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it generally affects boys. The disorder is progressive and leads to loss of muscle function. For more information about Duchenne, visit www.CoachToCureMD.org
There is currently no cure for Duchenne but in its first nine years, Coach to Cure MD has raised more than $1.5 million. In just the past year, those funds have contributed to two new drug approvals for Duchenne.
To join the fight, you can donate at www.CoachToCureMD.org or text CURE to 50555 to donate $10. You can also tag @CoachToCureMD and use #TackleDuchenne to show your support.