Oct. 23, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown University Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly and the Hoya coaching staff will take part in this weekend's Coach to Cure Muscular Dystrophy, which is being sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association.
On Saturday, October 25, when Georgetown travels to play at No. 8 Richmond, the coaching staffs on each team will wear a specially-designed armband to help fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is the leading genetic killer of young men; Coach to Cure MD is a nationwide project designed to build awareness about the disorder and support researchers trying to find a treatment and a cure.
"I'm happy to be able to participate this weekend and to help find a way to cure this disease," Kelly said. "This is a special one-day event, so the coaching organization is hopeful that this could draw some attention to the cause."
College football coaches across the country are wearing the Coach to Cure MD armband during their games this weekend.
"College football is a team game and all of us in the coaching profession are asking football fans to help us defeat the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy," said Grant Teaff, a coaching legend at Baylor University, who is now the Executive Director of the AFCA.
Football fans will be able to donate to muscular dystrophy research either online at CoachToCureMD.org or by texting the word "CURE" to 90999 to automatically donate $5 from their mobile phones.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys and occurs across all races and cultures.
Boys and young men with Duchenne lack dystrophin, a protein critical to the structural stability of muscle fibers. Patients 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 and limited therapeutic options exist.
The AFCA is joining with the Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) to make Coach to Cure MD a reality and generate support for research using the nationwide, one-day, game-day event.
"College football coaches are dedicated to the betterment of young men and defeating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy fits with our mission," Teaff said. "By focusing the eyes of the entire football world on MD for one college game day, we can raise awareness and funds for life-saving research and support the core academic missions of universities and colleges."
"We take a comprehensive approach in the fight against Duchenne-funding research, raising awareness, promoting advocacy, connecting the community, and broadening treatment options," said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. "This project is totally aligned with our goals and we are excited about the Coach to Cure and the opportunities it presents."