Capital Football Joining Fight Against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

All of Capital's coaches will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this Saturday to show their support for the initiative, joining more than 11,00 coaches across the country. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
All of Capital's coaches will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches this Saturday to show their support for the initiative, joining more than 11,00 coaches across the country. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

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. 29.

Now in its 11th year, Coach to Cure MD aims to raise awareness and funds to fight Duchenne (pronounced doo-SHEN) muscular dystrophy.

To show their support, all Capital coaches will also be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch on their sleeves during the game against Baldwin Wallace University, joining more than 11,000 coaches at more than 600 schools around the country who will be doing the same. This year, Coach to Cure MD is also partnering with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit in the U.S. focused solely on Duchenne.

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 10 years, Coach to Cure MD has raised more than $2 million. Those funds have contributed to two new drug approvals for Duchenne over the past several years that reduce muscle weakness, improve muscle strength and slow the progression of disability in muscular dystrophy. Since the program was introduced in 2008, Coach to Cure MD has seen more than a 300 percent increase in participation.

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.