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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SUPPORT COACH TO CURE MD PROGRAM THIS SATURDAY



SUPPORT COACH TO CURE MD PROGRAM THIS SATURDAY




WACO, Texas - For the fifth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program, which will be held during games of Saturday, September 29, 2012. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.



College football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.



Football fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).



Last year, more than 10,000 coaches at 505 different institutions participated in Coach to Cure MD events. Both those figures are well higher than in any of the program's first three years (2008-2010). The four-year fundraising total is just over $1 million.



Duschenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy 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 muscular dystrophy and limited therapeutic options.

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