Mercer Football to Participate in Coach to Cure MD

MACON, Ga. – The Mercer University football team and college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

This Saturday, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members, including the Mercer football staff, will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and 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.

“We are excited to be a part of this nationwide project to raise money for a great cause,” said Mercer head football coach Bobby Lamb. “We are privileged to join this movement and encourage the Mercer fans base to do the same.”

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).

Duchenne 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 exist.

“The AFCA membership has enthusiastically embraced Coach to Cure MD,” said Grant Teaff, executive director of the AFCA and legendary former coach at Baylor University. “We are proud of the commitment shown at all levels of competition to help raise funding for such an important cause.”

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